NAIS Board of Trustees

The NAIS Board of Trustees, made up of 18 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.

View the current NAIS Board of Trustees

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 2024 will open on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 and will close 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, September 25, 2020. Remember, please submit your nomination no later than September 25th.

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 at the NAIS Annual Conference.

Criteria for the Class of 2024 (to be elected in February 2021)

When considering candidates for the NAIS Board of Trustees, the Governance Committee is seeking future focused heads of schools, CEOs of relevant educational organizations, or representatives from higher education who are actively engaged with the numerous dynamic opportunities on the changing landscape of independent schools (examples: innovative school design, financial modeling, and/or change management). We encourage all applicants, including women, people of color, trustees, and those who have come to independent school headship from other industries.  

 Steps for Submitting Nominations

1. To Submit a Nomination for Yourself 

  • Submit your nomination by September 25, 2020. 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 resume, 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 by September 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 25th. 
  • Reminder: Note that only those nominations that are complete by September 25th 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 25th 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 25th. 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 25th is the deadline for nominations. (Former nominees who have been in the system no longer than three years and meet the Class of 2024 criteria will be asked whether they would like to be considered to serve on the Board.)  
  • November: After reviewing candidates for the Class of 2024, the NAIS Governance Committee proposes a slate of new trustees to the NAIS Board. The Board votes on the slate.
  • February: At the NAIS Annual Business meeting held during the NAIS Annual Conference, the NAIS membership elects the Class of 2024 trustees as well as trustee officers. 

If you have any questions concerning the NAIS Board of Trustees nomination process, please reach out to Erica Zematis at


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