Board of Trustees

Like other independent schools, The New School is governed by an independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) states in the NAIS Trustee Handbook that what distinguishes independent schools from other schools is that independent schools govern themselves via a self-perpetuating board of trustees and finance themselves by setting tuition and raising money.

2017-2018 Executive Committee

Edward Prewitt, Chair

Michael Chaney, Vice-Chair

Mandy Hunt, Secretary

John Wright, Treasurer

2017-2018 Board Members

Hannah Besanceney

Jonathan Boelkins

Susan Celentano

Sarah Clark

Peter Daut

Monika Hatfield

Jeff Johnson

Bob Kohler

Monica Kumar

Suguna Madaiah

Amy Merryman

Shelley Simmons

Ex-Officio: Dennis Chapman

Board Governance at The New School

The following is an overview of governance at The New School, including the composition of the Board of Trustees, how trustees are selected, and the manner in which the Board exercises its decision-making authority.

The two principal governing documents are the Articles of Incorporation of The New School, Inc. and its Bylaws. The Articles provide that The New School is governed by a Board of Trustees and the Bylaws provide the details on the structure of the Board, the election of trustees and the exercise of the Board’s power, as summarized below:

The Board of Trustees consists a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 voting trustees who are elected, and the President and Head of School, ex-officio.

All trustees and elected officers have full voting rights, with the exception of the President and Head of School who is a non-voting member of the Board.

There is an Executive Committee of the Board that consists of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Each of the officers of the Board will serve three (3) year terms in their elected positions. An officer may be reelected to the same office for one additional term. An officer who has completed his or her term(s) may be elected to a different office.

New trustees and the officers of the Executive Committee are nominated by the Committee on Trustees and elected by the Board of Trustees by a majority vote of a quorum of the Trustees.

Trustees are elected by written ballot for three-year terms and may not serve more than three consecutive three-year terms. The terms expire at the conclusion of The New School’s fiscal year (which runs from July 1 to June 30).

At all meetings of the Board, a majority (one-half) of the total membership of the Board of Trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

The Board of Trustees employs the President and Head of School, who is the Board’s sole employee and serves on the Board as an ex-officio, voting member.

The names and addresses of the trustees and officers of the Board are published in The New School Handbook every year. Minutes from the Board Meetings are published on the Parent and Faculty Portals. The 2016-2017 Board consists of the Head of School and 14 elected Trustees.

Much of the Board’s work is accomplished by committee, and from time to time, task forces are formed to discuss specific issues. Committee membership and leadership is determined by the Board Chair in consultation with the President and Head of School.

Board Committees 2017-18

Advancement:

Monika Hatfield, Chair
Hannah Besanceney
Susan Celentano
Sarah Clark
Mandy Hunt
Bob Kohler
Monica Kumar
Suguna Madaiah
Amy Merryman
Shelley Simmons
Jamey Sims (non-board member)


Finance:

John Wright, Chair
Jonathan Boelkins

Michael Chaney
Peter Daut
Mandy Hunt
Jeff Johnson
Edward Prewitt

Long Range Planning:

Bob Kohler, Chair (Campus Master Plan)
Michael Chaney, Chair (Strategic Plan)

Jonathan Boelkins
Hannah Besanceney
Susan Celentano
Jeff Johnson
Suguna Madaiah
Edward Prewitt
Shelley Simmons
John Wright


Committee on Trustees:

Suguna Madaiah, Chair

Sarah Clark
Peter Daut
Monika Hatfield
Bob Kohler
Monica Kumar
Amy Merryman
Edward Prewitt


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