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From the ED 10.23.14

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you from Istanbul, Turkey where I am presenting and attending the NESA (Near East South Asian Council of Overseas Schools) Leadership Conference. As many of you know, I have worked with NESA for many years. However, it was my friend and colleague, Sarah Daignault, that built the relationship with NESA during her tenure as Executive Director of NBOA. It is fitting that this year Sarah will be honored with NESA’s highest award for service to international schools – the Finis Engleman Award – named after the founding Executive Director of NESA.  This could not be more appropriate a place for Sarah to receive this award, since her first NESA conference was in Istanbul in 2002. I look forward to saying a few words about my friend and mentor at the award ceremony. She is the person that inspired me to work at NBOA and continues to inspire me with her dedication to independent schools around the world.

Last night I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with another great friend and colleague, David Chojnacki, Executive Director, NESA. David and I talked about the challenges of leading an association, the challenges our schools face, and much more. One of the things I find so fascinating about my work with international schools is the similarity between them and our US schools. The challenges that NESA schools are facing are very much aligned with the challenges each of you face daily in your work. Financial sustainability rises to the top around the world. We spent most of our time discussing the leadership challenges with Heads (called Superintendents in this region) and about the boards that govern our schools.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Tampa for the MISBO Annual Conference.

Sincerely,
Marc

Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO
marclevinson@misbo.com
Twitter: @MISBOconnects   @Marcll

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