2020 Business Officer Institute

June 15 – 18, 2020  •  Seattle, WA •  University Prep

March 9, 2020

As the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus impact on public health continues to evolve, we realize that you may be concerned whether or not COVID-19 will have an impact on NBOA‘s ability to deliver the 2020 Business Officer Institute in Seattle Washington from June 15-18th.

NBOA is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to follow recommendations by public health authorities in order to conduct a safe and productive meeting. We are communicating with our host schools, our hotel partner and visitseattle.org (CVB), to stay abreast of the situation and will adjust our plans and provide additional updates as needs arise.

With the information available today, we are proceeding with BOI in Seattle as planned. For additional information, see this travel advisory.

We look forward to welcoming you and hosting an outstanding learning experience in Seattle!


The NBOA Business Officer Institute provides the hands-on knowledge, tools and resources you need to be successful at your school. The week-long program ensures you are up-to-date on trends in the independent school industry and the many areas you manage every day, which may include accounting and finance, human resources, facilities, business operations, board governance and reporting, and more.

Hathaway Brown School

Who Attends?

The Business Officer Institute (BOI) is created for and geared toward business officers who are new or relatively new to their role, and provides an immersion into the independent school world in a safe-to-learn environment. For those with more experience in the profession, BOI provides an opportunity to learn about the latest tools and resources, gain insights into current issues and serve as mentors to newer professionals. The program is also valuable for other business office professionals, including controllers, human resources directors or anyone aspiring to become the business officer of an independent school.

BOI Participants

The Program

A mix of general sessions and smaller, cohort learning allows you to make connections and get the most out of your week. BOI’s intimate learning experience provides participants with opportunities to create long-term professional friendships with their peers. Past attendees attest that the relationships developed at BOI have proven invaluable to them over the course of their careers.

This focused, intensive and energizing program allows you to concentrate on a variety of essential topics in a short amount of time. Courses are taught by a faculty of experienced, highly-regarded business officers currently working in independent schools, as well as NBOA staff, who offer in-house expertise on independent school business operations. Other experts with industry-specific knowledge will lead seminars that focus on key aspects of independent schools.

Questions? Please email programs@nboa.org or call 202-407-7140.

"This was the best conference I have ever attended. I enjoyed the close-knit relationships that developed over the week with the faculty, guest speakers and attendees. It was put together so well, I learned so much and left with a tremendous amount of knowledge to take back to my school. I highly recommend this conference to all new business officers!"

Terry Clough

Director of Finance and Operations, The Parish School

"I found the Business Officer Institute to be very helpful. It should be mandatory for all new CFOs or business office managers."

Paul Silva

Chief Financial Officer, Cushing Academy


NBOA Leadership Academy

Nominate Yourself or a Colleague for the NBOA Leadership Academy

A one-year leadership development program designed for a select cohort of independent school business office professionals ready to gain the skills and organizational perspectives necessary to grow and advance as an independent school business leader. Nominations are open through April 17 at NBOA.org/Leadership.

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