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From the ED 6.6.13 – A Tribute to Pat Bassett

Dear Colleagues,

A Tribute to Pat Bassett 

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the tremendous contributions of Pat Bassett, President, National Association Independent Schools (NAIS) during his 12 year tenure at NAIS and during his 42 year long career with independent schools. Pat (@PatBassett) is leaving his position at NAIS as of the end of June. I did not use ‘retiring’ because during a recent breakfast that Pat and I shared he told me about some of his plans for the coming year and none of that would indicate a person heading into retirement.

Pat has been a driving force behind the success of NAIS and independent schools for the past decade. He has been instrumental in bringing the difficult questions of sustainability to the minds and conversations of all independent school leaders including Heads, Business Officers, Trustees and others. Additionally, Pat has been a very vocal advocate for the need to transform the educational models of our schools and ensure that our schools are providing the most innovative opportunities for our students.

It has been my pleasure and honor to get to know Pat over the past years. Pat has been pivotal in my growth as a leader in the independent school community and I am very grateful for his guidance and friendship. I am also very fortunate that Pat and I each call Boulder, CO home for part of our lives and that we have had several opportunities to share great breakfasts and great conversations together at Lucky’s Café. I also serve on the Board of Trustees of The Watershed School in Boulder where Pat’s grandson Carter attends. Watershed School is an example of a truly innovative 21st Century school offering a very unique expeditionary, project based learning environment for children in grades 6-12.

As I have become more involved in the independent school community over the past 11 years, and have had the opportunity to speak and attend conferences around the globe, I have frequently found Pat and his wife Barbara in some unique places: Athens, Kathmandu, Dubai to name a few. I know that Pat will continue his great work with schools as he moves into the next stage of his life. For the entire MISBO community, and for myself, I wish Pat and Barbara the best.  I look forward to more breakfasts at Lucky’s and I know I will continue to run into them in some far corners of the world.


Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO
Twitter: @marcll

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