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Wednesday, August 22, will be our first day of school for the 2018-19 school year! Wondering what is needed before your child(ren) begins school next year? Please see Additional Information. 
Who We Are

The Board of Trustees

As an independent school, Duke School is governed by a board of trustees whose members serve the school on a voluntary basis.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the following:
  • Assuring the relevance and fulfillment of the school’s mission.
  • Hiring, supporting and evaluating the Head of School.
  • Securing the financial sustainability of the school.
One way to describe a good board member is "steward and cheerleader." As stewards, board members guard the school's human, physical and financial resources. As cheerleaders, they embrace the school's mission, promote the school in the larger community and support the school's development efforts.

Board members must also be visionaries. They must see the school's current reality with clarity, deeply understand its mission and potential and think toward the future. They must try to see the school as a whole (even as their vision is informed by their particular experience of the school) and understand it in a larger context. In a way, board members are more focused on how the school could serve their grandchildren than on how it serves their own children today.

Board members must be active planners. They must create a strategic plan and use it as a living document to keep them focused on goals (and not personalities, passing crises or minutiae).

Finally, board members must be able collaborators; they will work extensively with one another, with committee members from across the school community and especially with the Head of School, whom they hire, evaluate and support. Authority is vested in the board as a whole, and each trustee must support the decisions of the board and respect confidentiality.

Standing Committees

Executive Committee
Consisting of Board's officers, standing committee chairs and such other trustees as the Board chair may appoint, the committee refers to all matters which it determines to be of strategic importance to the school.

Trustees Committee
Determines and evaluates the composition of the board and its leadership, takes responsibility for policy and by-laws and leads the on-going effort to support the growth and development of the board and its individual members.

Finance Committee
Develops and monitors the long-range financial plan and annual budget of the school and oversees the endowment, audit and financial policies of the school.

Advancement Committee
Oversees all advancement activities of the school including fundraising, marketing, communications and enrollment management.

The Board of Trustees pursues best practices and often refers to standards set by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which publishes these Principles of Good Practice for a school's board of trustees.

2018-19 Board of Trustees

M.C. Ragsdale
Chair

Dave Michelman
EX-Officio

Ben Abram 

Lisa Andrews-Lanier

Lawrence Baxter

Garry Cutright

Elise Dunzo

Christopher Gergen

Richard Griffin

Elizabeth Hays

Trina Jones

Corey McIntyre

Beth Murgitroyd

Florence Peacock

Mark Scullion

Bimal Shah 

Vickie Threfall 

 
Jeff Welty

Alison Windram

Yousuf Zafar
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