This session will offer concrete advice and firm warnings to both heads and boards of what constitutes healthy board governance practices, often in the face of powerful parent or alumni (and sometimes staff) discontent in this era of COVID and culture wars.

John Littleford‘s advice is based on work with thousands of client schools worldwide and conversations with heads of school about what has been transpiring in their board rooms. This includes the disagreements that are happening between and among board members, all of whom are searching for appropriate boundaries between “operations” and “policy” and do not always understand the consequences of overstepping. These behaviors affect powerfully as well the way schools approach head and board evaluation and executive/in camera sessions. 

Registration Information

  • Free for participants from SAIS member schools
  • $25 for participants from non-member schools

Please contact with any questions.


John Littleford
Founder & Senior Partner, Littleford & Associates

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