Sarah Daignault Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award

Who should be nominated for this award?

A person who has consistently shown generous support of independent schools and their business officers, through his/her role as an association executive, a corporate partner, a consultant, or a senior administrator (other than a business officer) at an independent school.

How do I nominate someone?

Nominations are currently closed for the Outstanding Support Award.

When will the award be announced?

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

Who should be nominated for this award?

A person who has consistently shown generous support of independent schools and their business officers, through his/her role as an association executive, a corporate partner, a consultant, or a senior administrator (other than a business officer) at an independent school.

How do I nominate someone?

Nominations are currently closed for the Outstanding Support Award.

When will the award be announced?

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

2019 Recipient

Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson

General Counsel and Legal and Government Relations

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

In her 18 years at NAIS, Debra Wilson has served as a trusted authority on legal issues related to independent schools. In addition to her day-to-day work supporting the association's in-house legal needs, she has written advisories, spoken at conferences, coordinated amicus briefs on cases of industry importance and served as an invaluable source of information overall to independent schools. For many years, she has been an invaluable advisor and partner to business officers at many independent schools and has willingly shared her expertise as a presenter at NBOA Annual Meetings, webinars and the NBOA Business Officer Institute.

Wilson's leadership within the independent school community also includes offering an annual legal symposium that convenes experts and thought leaders to discuss current issues affecting schools; providing schools with greater understanding in the area of regulatory changes; and offering schools significant support in preventing and responding to current issues. In addition, Wilson has provided board service to several independent schools and organizations.

In July, Wilson will begin a new position as president of SAIS, a major accrediting organization for independent schools. "I have no doubt that independent schools in the southern region of the country will benefit tremendously from her experience, knowledge and leadership," said NBOA President and CEO Jeff Shields. "She cares deeply about independent schools, and it shows in her continued dedication to this community."

Past Recipients

NBOA has given out the Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award since 2011. View the award's past recipients.

About Sarah Daignault

The Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award honors the legacy of Sarah P. Daignault, who served as the Executive Director of NBOA for the first 12 years of its existence. The award recognizes the instrumental role in developing strong relationships in the independent school industry in support of the efforts of the business officer. It honors Sarah's vision and dedication, which transformed NBOA from a small group of like-minded business officers into a thriving organization supported by hundreds of members across the country.

Past Recipients

NBOA has given out the Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award since 2011. View the award's past recipients.

About Sarah Daignault

The Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award honors the legacy of Sarah P. Daignault, who served as the Executive Director of NBOA for the first 12 years of its existence. The award recognizes the instrumental role in developing strong relationships in the independent school industry in support of the efforts of the business officer. It honors Sarah's vision and dedication, which transformed NBOA from a small group of like-minded business officers into a thriving organization supported by hundreds of members across the country.

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