Duke School's International Potluck - April 19

The PSO L.I.F.E. Committee  would like to invite the Duke School community to our annual International Potluck on Thursday, April 19, at 6 PM in the Lower School Gym. See "Additional Information" to RSVP!
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.

2017-18 Board of Trustees

M.C. Ragsdale
Chair

Dave Michelman
EX-Officio

Lisa Andrews-Lanier

Lawrence Baxter

Garry Cutright

Kisha Daniels

Elise Dunzo

Christopher Gergen

Richard Griffin

Elizabeth Hays

Sheronda Jeffries

Corey McIntyre

Beth Murgitroyd

Mark Scullion

Connie Semans

Panna Sharma

Tina Valdecanas

Jeff Welty

Alison Windram
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