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?

Submit a Nomination   Award nominations are open through December 11.

When will the award be announced?

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

2020 Recipient

Ron Wanglin

Ronald C. Wanglin

Chairman of the Board

Bolton & Company

Wanglin has supported schools, their business officers and trustees consistently throughout his 30-year career. Within Bolton & Company he created a dedicated practice group specifically designed to support the ever-changing insurance and risk management needs of independent schools. He has taken the message of enterprise risk management (ERM) directly to trustees most commonly presenting at Board retreats, recognizing that the business officers’ efforts to manage risk begin with the board. A sought-after speaker and educator, Wanglin has presented on numerous topics including ERM, intellectual property insurance, employee benefits and retirement plans and the Affordable Care Act at numerous NBOA Annual Meetings, Business Officer Institutes and other national and regional independent school association programs.

His independent school leadership commitment is perhaps best illustrated by his 15 years of board service with 5 as board chair, followed by his status as trustee emeritus, at the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California. In addition, he served two terms as a member of the NBOA Board of Directors as Secretary and Chair of the Governance committee and a member of the Executive Committee during his tenure. Ron has also been a featured speaker at NAIS, TABS, CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools), HAIS (Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools), Cal-ISBOA and MISBO. He has also served as a national faculty member for the National Alliance for Education.

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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