Ken White Distinguished Business Officer Award

Who should be nominated for this award?

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.

How do I nominate someone?

Submit a Nomination   Award nominations are open through December 15.

When will the award be announced?

The recipient is announced in January, and the award is presented at NBOA's Annual Meeting.

2017 Recipient

Frank Aloise

Frank V. Aloise, Jr.

Chief Financial Officer

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Philadelphia, PA

Frank Aloise started in 2000 at Springside School, a Pre-K to 12th grade girl’s day school. In 2011, Springside School and Chestnut Hill Academy merged and Frank was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the new corporation, which now serves 1,005 students. As CFO he oversees all operations and business functions of the organization and particularly enjoys creative construction projects, environmental sustainability issues and preparing for the future of education. He began his career in independent schools at The Haverford School after first working in investment banking as a derivatives trader on the exchanges in Chicago, Philadelphia, Basel, Frankfurt, Zurich and New York.

He has served on the Philadelphia Area Independent Schools Business Officers Association (PAISBOA) board since 1998 and as the chair of the board from 2012-2014, working with a group of 182 schools in Philadelphia that cooperate on purchasing many goods and services as well as offering professional development to business officers of independent schools. From 2006-2016 he served on the Board of the National Business Officers Association and finally as the chair of the board, representing 1250 independent schools across the country. From 2010-2012 he served as the chair of TIAA-CREF’s Direct Client Advisory Council representing 17,000 institutions nationwide. In 2014 PAISBOA awarded him the John R. Batley Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Business Officers.

In addition to his service to independent schools, he currently serves as the president of the Hobart Alumni Association, his alma mater, and will serve on its board of trustees in 2018.

Aloise lives in Philadelphia with his wife Sarah, a pediatric nurse practitioner in private practice and an accomplished Iron-woman Triathlete. They have two daughters who are juniors in college and high school, respectively one at Bennington College and the other at Springside Chestnut Hill. At home Aloise can be found cooking, doing house renovations or playing with his Bernese Mountain dog, Tupper. Frank spends as much time as possible in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, where there is infrequent cell reception, hiking and boating and where he anticipates getting his whole family up all 46 high peaks.

Past Recipients

Every year since 1999, NBOA has honored an extraordinary professional with the Distinguished Business Officer Award. View the award's past recipients.

About Ken White

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.

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