Given to exceptionally active and inspiring individuals who have dedicated their careers to the support of others in the field.
Nominees may include individuals who have made outstanding contributions over several years in the field of independent school business operations, including service to other schools, business officers and groups. Nominees for this award, the association's highest honor, must be affiliated with an NBOA member school.
Nominations are currently closed for the Distinguished Business Officer Award.
The recipient is announced in January, and the award is presented at NBOA's Annual Meeting.
College Preparatory School
Jane Carney's career in education began more than 40 years ago in a teaching capacity. In 1987, she moved to independent schools as the business officer of a preK-6 school in Hawaii, where she served for almost 20 years before assuming similar positions at two very different schools in Massachusetts and California. In the intervening years, she oversaw significant growth and expansion at two state associations: first as founding president of HAISBO (Hawaii Association of Independent School Business Officers) and later as president of Cal-ISBOA (California Independent Schools Business Officers Association). At Cal-ISBOA, for example, her strong leadership following the merger of two regional organizations helped to unify the membership into what is now the largest state association of its kind and led to the launch of a statewide health consortium, among other developments.
Jane has also provided exemplary service through her national association. She was an active member of the NBOA Board from 2004 to 2010, has presented at many NBOA events and has provided generous counsel to her peers through the NBOA member listserv, among other things.
"Jane is simply terrific," said one nominator. "She has worked tirelessly over the last 30 years toward the betterment of independent schools and, more specifically, business officers…. Honest, compassionate, confident, resilient, persuasive, courageous, visionary — these are just a few words to describe Jane."
Every year since 1999, NBOA has honored an extraordinary professional with the Distinguished Business Officer Award. View the award's past recipients.
The Distinguished Business Officer Award honors the legacy of Kenneth A. White, Jr., who had a passion for this field and an incurable desire to help others. He could discuss business matters anywhere, and always had extra time for problems and questions. Ken pushed himself to find ways to do things better. He was a visionary, not just for his school, but for all schools. Upon his death in 1996, speakers at his memorial services recognized him as "a man of deep faith," a "mentor," and an "inspiration," as well as a valued colleague, neighbor, and friend.
Ken held a top financial position at Davison-Elkin College, and then served for 21 years at Westminster School in Atlanta. He was a founding member of MISBO (Mid-South Independent School Business Officers), and was active in many other organizations, especially ABOIS (Association of Business Officers of Independent Schools), and also served a term on the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) Business Service Committee.