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From the ED 4.6.17

Dear Colleagues,

Chip Broadway, Vice President & Treasurer, Episcopal Church Schools in the Diocese of VA and MISBO Board member reminds us that MISBO is the ONLY independent school association dues that saves his schools money. We know that each of your schools must make decisions about association membership and balance these decisions with limited resources. We also know that every association brings value to your schools. For a number of years, MISBO has provided a savings report showing your school’s participation and savings in the MISBO purchasing consortium. For nearly all member schools the savings from purchasing far exceeds the annual cost of membership dues. In a few weeks you will receive a NEW benefits report that provides more information about the benefits you are receiving as a MISBO member school. This includes attendance at webinars and live events, as well as other benefits. While we know that the purchasing consortium is a significant value proposition of MISBO membership, we want to be sure that you understand the large number of additional benefits. Another minor change this year is that you will no longer need to vote for MISBO board leadership. We are constantly looking to improve our processes and this formerly cumbersome process is no longer required due to a recommended change in our by-laws in conjunction with Georgia law.

One of your colleagues recently asked me for some assistance with resources to help his team think about succession planning. As most of you know, I have researched and written on this topic and believe it is critically important for schools to think about and plan for succession of all leadership positions. Please take a look at Advanced Placement: Evaluating the Head of School Transition for some ideas. Frequently this type of exercise causes anxiety for people, believing that succession planning is analogous to finding and training one’s replacement. Succession planning for an organization is a much deeper and more important process which every organization needs to consider for its viability and sustainability. I plan to spend some time with this one school exploring innovative approaches to developing their succession planning models and then plan to share with all of you the resources that we believe will provide value for your schools. I know that some of you have given this some thought and if you have, please send me the resources that you found valuable as you moved through your process with succession planning. Please email any resources or ideas directly to me at

And don’t forget – registration is open for the 2017 MISBO Human Resources Intensive!  Follow the link to see the full schedule and register. MISBO last offered this program in 2015 and we sold out and expect the same for 2017. This is a unique program focused specifically on the needs of human resources professionals in independent schools. The human resource function may be shared at many of your schools. We encourage business officers, heads of schools, and others that are involved in the processes to attend this program. The sessions will be presented by a mix of your colleagues and industry experts as well as a keynote presentation by Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Senior Research Scientist in Psychology at Yale University. This will be an exciting, interactive session. I hope to see you at this event, hosted by Woodward Academy, in Atlanta, June 11-13, 2017.


Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO

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