Planning, Finance, Organization

The role of independent school boards has changed a great deal from the “olden days” of quiet philanthropy and sleepy board meetings. Today’s Boards are expected to safeguard the school’s finances in a challenging economic climate and to fashion strategic plans that they can afford. They are called upon to serve on many committees: Buildings and Grounds; Development; Admissions; Marketing (often three rolled into one); Governance; and of course, Finance.


While the Board has only one employee – the Head of School, they are often drawn into substantial conversations about the operations of the school – where they walk a tight rope over the boundaries of decisionmaking. Boards must be more strategic than tactical, more generative than strategic – presenting a serious conundrum.


Pam Clarke has been on the Boards of several schools and chaired the Board at the High Mountain Institute for 10 years. She has made a study of Boards and will work with any Board to find the balances and attitudes that fit the school and its personnel.

Pamela Clarke Consulting 

Advancement, Governance, and Mentorship
For Independent Schools

© 2020 by Pamela Clarke. All Rights Reserved.