NAIS Board of Trustees

The NAIS Board of Trustees, composed of 19 individuals, addresses its fiduciary, strategic, and generative duties, led by the officers and the Executive Committee. The full board meets three times a year: in November, in late February or early March, and again in June. The board has four standing committees and one subcommittee.

The NAIS Board of Trustees is committed to diversity and actively seeks those belonging to underrepresented populations.

Selection of Trustees and Call for Nominations

The NAIS Board of Trustees generally issues a call for nominations each July for a class of trustees that will serve a three-year term commencing at the following year’s NAIS Annual Meeting. After reviewing all of the nominations with the board’s strengths and needs in mind, the Governance Committee puts forth a slate of candidates. Members vote on this slate at the NAIS Annual Meeting, which takes place during the NAIS Annual Conference.  

The call for nominations for the NAIS Board of Trustees’ Class of 2025 will open on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, and will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, September 24, 2021. Remember, the nomination process must be completed by September 24.

NAIS Trustee Nomination Process

Once a nominee has been entered into the system, the candidate must complete the information form, which includes educational background, statements of interest, optional demographic information, and reference contact information. The reference will be contacted to provide a statement in support of the candidate’s nomination. The candidate’s profile is not complete until both the candidate information and the reference statement are in the system. 
The Governance Committee reviews all complete nominations and makes recommendations to the full board at its November meeting. The slate is then approved by the membership at the NAIS Annual Meeting of Members at the NAIS Annual Conference.

Criteria for the Class of 2025 (to be elected in March 2022)

When considering candidates for the NAIS Board of Trustees, the Board is specifically looking for thought leaders from the independent school community who represent unique school programs, rural communities, diverse viewpoints, religious schools, as well as independent school trustees.  

Steps for Submitting Nominations (All Steps Must Be Completed by September 24)

1. To Submit a Nomination for Yourself: 
  • Submit your nomination. Note that you will be prompted to create an account in order to submit your form. Your login and password for this website is not the same as your NAIS login and password. 
  • Complete and submit your Candidate Information Form. The Candidate Information Form includes the following sections: contact information; demographic information; comments on your interest in serving on the board; and résumé including key skills, work history, education, and professional affiliations. These sections have a text limit of up to 250 words each, so please make sure to save your information in a Word or similar document before copying and pasting it into the form.
  • Reference request: You will be asked to submit the name and email address of one person who can serve as your reference. Once you submit the Candidate Information Form, your reference will receive an email from our nominations system, BigPulse, notifying them about your nomination for the NAIS board. The reference’s recommendation can be up to 250 words. 
  • Reference form: Your reference must submit a Reference Form in order for your nomination to be complete. You may return to your account to check if your reference submitted the Reference Form and if they have not, please encourage them to do so no later than September 24. 
  • Reminder: Note that only those nominations that are complete by September 24 will be taken into consideration and will be reviewed by the NAIS Governance Committee. Complete nominations must include a Candidate Information Form (submitted by the candidate) as well as a Reference Form (submitted by the reference). We encourage you to return to the nominations platform prior to the September 24 deadline to check if your nomination is complete; if it is not, please ensure that all required information is in the system by the deadline.  
2. To Submit a Nomination for Someone Else:
  • Submit a nomination. The candidate will receive an email from our nominations system, BigPulse, notifying them about the nomination for the NAIS board. 
  • Candidate Information Form: If the candidate you are nominating is interested in being considered for the NAIS Board of Trustees, they must submit a Candidate Information Form and Reference Request and the reference must submit a Reference Form, all by the deadline of September 24. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. 
  • Nomination: Note that your nomination is simply a nomination, and it will not serve as a reference for the candidate. If the candidate wishes you to be their reference, the candidate will request this through the Reference Request Form, and you will receive an email with a link to where you can submit the Reference Form.
  • If the candidate you're nominating is not interested in being considered to serve on the NAIS Board of Trustees, no further action is required.
3. Timetable for the NAIS Board Nomination and Election Process
  • July: The call for nominations opens. 
  • September: September 24 is the deadline to complete the nomination process. (Former nominees who have been in the system no longer than three years and meet the Class of 2025 criteria will be asked whether they would like to be considered to serve on the Board.)  
  • November: After reviewing candidates for the Class of 2025, the NAIS Governance Committee proposes a slate of new trustees to the NAIS Board. The Board votes on the slate.
  • March: At the NAIS Annual Meeting of Members, held during the NAIS Annual Conference, the NAIS membership will elect the Class of 2025 trustees and officer slates.
If you have any questions concerning the NAIS Board of Trustees nomination process, please reach out to Erica Zematis at [email protected].


For questions about the NAIS Board of Trustees, please contact MIchael Nachbar, chair of the Governance Committee and executive director, Global Online Academy, at [email protected], or Jefferson Burnett, NAIS Vice President, at [email protected].