Image of Zoe Schwam coaching hockey at Portledge School

Other Duties As Assigned  

  • Accounting
  • | Membership

If the Hat Fits, Wear It

Holding roles as diverse as hockey coach and human resources director, this now director of financial reporting has deep connections across her school.
3 min read
Photo of the Pine Crest School business office staff.

Voices from the Field  

  • Cash Management
  • | Reports

Piece by Piece

The 2022 recipient of the Ken White Distinguished Business Officer Award, Nancy Greene, is known for mastering advanced strategies in finance and risk, and communicating their importance to colleagues and peers.
9 min read
The Downtown School
  • Enrollment
  • | Hiring

Room To Grow: Creating an Affordable Micro-School

Lakeside School opened a no-frills micro-school that offers competitive teacher salaries and a tuition that is about half of neighboring independent schools. Lakeside School is one of three schools to receive this year's Innovation Excellence Award.
4 min read
Miss Porter's School students
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Endowment

Room to Grow: Becoming an Anti-Racist Institution

Miss Porter’s School has leveraged its large endowment and operating budget to challenge systemic racism. Miss Porter's is one of three schools to receive this year's Innovation Excellence Award.
4 min read
student abuse prevention
  • Legal
  • | Risk Management

Risk & Compliance: Student-on-Student Harassment and Abuse

What schools need to know about legal considerations, crafting effective policies, and creating a culture that prevents incidents.
6 min read
Elementary students in tinker lab at Bennett Day School
  • Change Management
  • | Enrollment

Room To Grow: Learning Labs as External Revenue Streams

Bennett Day School developed a project-based learning lab that has helped generate non-tuition revenue and expand its PK-12 program. Bennett Day is one of three schools to receive this year's Innovation Excellence Award.
5 min read
pie chart stock photo
  • Membership
  • | Planning

Strategies: Strategic Financial Planning for School Business Leaders

NBOA’s latest book provides key considerations to help professionals new to independent school business succeed in their leadership roles.
3 min read
New dormitory rendering for Solebury School
  • Culture
  • | Facilities

Building on Culture: Interpretive Master Planning This item is protected.

An interpretive master planning process can assure the future vision of a campus truly serves the needs of the entire school community.
10 min read
  • Cash Management
  • | Financial Aid

Business Intelligence: Pandemic Predictions and Outcomes in School Finance

Mid–2020, business officers predicted a bumpier outcome for FY21 than came to pass. Deficits and cash draws were smaller, while aid awards were higher.
4 min read
Pingry bus students
  • Facilities
  • | Transportation

The Driving Force: Optimizing Transportation This item is protected.

School-provided transportation can buoy enrollment and diversity, but developing a cost- and time-efficient model is tricky business.
12 min read


  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Facilities

Projections: Three Facilities Trends That Take Us Beyond COVID

Facilities changes made during COVID are being taken to the next level as school prepare for the longer-term future.
7 min read



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