MBS Hosts NJAIS Trustee Enrichment Day

Morristown-Beard School hosted nearly 400 trustees, administrators, and heads of school as part of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) Trustee Enrichment Day on Sunday, November 17th.

NJAIS Trustee Enrichment Day is an annual event for new and experienced Trustees. The day provides a valuable  opportunity for administrators and trustees alike to experience a broad range of speakers and workshops to support strong governance for the independent schools in New Jersey.  

The 2019 program featured keynote speaker John Gulla, Executive Director of the E.E. Ford Foundation. Mr. Gulla is in his seventh year as the Executive Director of the Edward E. Ford Foundation, which has provided more than $120 million in funding through 2,200 grants to over 800 different independent secondary schools in its almost 60 year of philanthropy. He spoke about “Courageous Leadership in Risky and Uncertain Times.”

Following Mr. Gulla’s presentation, participants engaged in a series of workshops in the Math & Science Center including “The Ship of Theseus: A Culture of Innovation at Independent Schools” led by Dr. Owen Boynton, MBS Upper School English teacher and Director of the Center for Innovation & Technology.

Other workshops focused on admission trends, strategic planning and institutional strategy, fundraising, and how the Board of Trustees and Head of School can best support each other.

The New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) is a non-profit, voluntary membership association whose mission is to foster educational, ethical, and professional excellence in its member schools, while safeguarding their independence.

Members of this year’s Trustee Enrichment Day Planning Committee included: Peter J. Caldwell, Headmaster of Morristown-Beard School; Eileen Lambert, (Retired) Head of Saddle River Day School; Steve Loy, Head of Rutgers Preparatory School; and Marilyn Stewart, Head of Red Oaks School.

Special thanks to our student tour guides for the day: Vasiliki Amourgianos '22, Ari Bersch '21, Anika Buch '20, Rafael Cruz '22, JayShon DuBose '20, Jesslyn Patricia '21, Sofia Scordley '20, Sophie Tannen '22, and Anahatt Virk '22.


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