One of the reasons I have spent 35 years serving independent schools is the joy I receive from meeting trustees who devote their time, treasure, and talent to the schools they love. Given my respect for the work done by those trustees, I decided to write about what might be done to help them have an even greater impact on the schools they govern. My recommendations come not from the books on governance written by Richard Chait and others, but from what I have learned when launching Head of School searches and working with hundreds of search committees.
This article addresses three issues:
- Governance Recommendations
- Responsibilities for a Search Committee
- The Need for Alignment
Being mission-driven is critical.
At the risk of stating the obvious, all that follows in this article flows from the mission of the school.
Review the effectiveness of the standing committees of the Board.
Most of the schools I’ve served have standing committees that continue to exist regardless of changes in Board leadership. One of the complaints of Heads is that some trustees are prone to micromanagement. One way to address that issue is to avoid having standing committees duplicate the…