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TAIS Heads & Trustees Dinner Workshop


April 17, 2019  (6:30 - 9:00 PM)

Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis

 

THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD CHAIR

Independent school board chairs are in a position to have enormous influence over the school, the board, and the head of school.  All too often their role is not adequately understood and expectations lack the necessary clarity to maximize their effectiveness.  The underlying theme for the board chair is to have the best possible relationship with the head of school.  That is the pretext for discovering the chair’s five most important responsibilities.

 


Speaker:  William R. Mott

 

 

Dr. Mott's Books

 

   

Over the course of his thirty-year career, Bill Mott has had the privilege of working with many independent and faith-based schools.  While the focus of his consulting centers on working closely with heads of school and the board of trustees, he has also assisted schools with fundraising, strategic planning, and leadership searches.  His knowledge, wisdom, expertise, and experience places him among the most sought-after consultants in the country.

 

Dr. Mott's experience includes being the head of school at three different independent schools and a member of the board of trustees of several independent schools as well as other nonprofit organizations.  Presently, he is serving as Head of School at Providence Christian Academy in Murfreesboro, TN.  In addition, he has served as a consultant for over a decade and assisted numerous schools with a range of governance, fundraising, planning, and search issues.

 

Bill is on the faculty of Vanderbilt University as an Adjunct Instructor.  He teaches governance for the masters’ program in Independent School Leadership.  He is also on the faculty for the Peabody Leadership Institute for Independent Schools – a week-long comprehensive institute that features practitioners working with independent school leaders from around the world.

 

Dr. Mott received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.  He also holds a B.A. from the University of Mississippi.  He and his wife Courtney have been married for over thirty-eight years and they have two grown children.

 

Registration


TAIS Member Schools Only:  $150 per person

Fee includes a copy of Mott's newest book.

Payment is not due at the time of registration.

TAIS will mail an invoice to your school in April.



Schedule


 6:30   Reception  
 7:15  Dinner
 8:00  Bill Mott's Presentation 
 9:00  Closing

 

 


TESTIMONIALS

"Bill recognizes that board actions today set the path and the tone for the school's future. His experience in working with boards is extensive; and his advice is practical, clear, and very wise. "
R. KIRK WALKER, JR., PH.D., PRESIDENT,
 SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS (SAIS)

ATLANTA, GA

"Simply masterful! Working through these together will allow the board to become proactive instead of reactive; ready to overcome difficult challenges and embrace strategic opportunities."
STEPHEN G. REEL, PH.D., EXECUTIVE VP/ACTING CEO, ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL (ACSI)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

"[Bill] is able to break down the complex nature of Board-Head of School dynamics and provide clarity around what is most important for the healthy functioning of a school. "
DAVID BRAEMER, HEAD OF SCHOOL, ENSWORTH SCHOOL
NASHVILLE, TN

"Bill Mott is arguably the leading expert in governance in independent education. No relationship in independent schools is more important than that of the Board and head."
F. STUART GULLEY, PH.D., PRESIDENT, WOODWARD ACADEMY
ATLANTA, GA

"Bill Mott has become one of the most respected voices in our profession about this critical facet of school life...Healthy Boards - Successful Schools, represents the next chapter in his course on how to build and maintain this essential quality of successful schools. "
SCOTT WILSON, HEADMASTER, BAYLOR SCHOOL
CHATTANOOGA, TN

"For trustees who care deeply about the mission of their school and who desire to see it succeed into the future, this book is a must-read. "
JEFF JACKSON, M.B.A., ED.D., PRESIDENT, GEORGIA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION (GISA) 
ATLANTA, GA

"This book is accessible whilst also laying out concrete directives on how best to govern schools. In an age where governance issues seem to pop up more and more, this book needs to be required reading for school leaders and Board members nationwide. "
DAVID COLON, HEAD OF SCHOOL, VISITATION ACADEMY 
ST. LOUIS, MO

"An independent school, whether faith based or college preparatory based, cannot thrive in a healthy atmosphere unless the Head and the Board of Trustees work together in a healthy manner. Healthy Boards – Successful Schools is a must read for all leaders involved in independent schools."
JULIE KNOX, CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
MURFREESBORO, TN

"Healthy Boards - Successful Schools infuses the essentials of good governance into very digestible case study examples. "
JEFF MITCHELL, PH.D., HEAD OF SCHOOL, CURREY INGRAM ACADEMY
BRENTWOOD, TN 

"This book is essential for school trustees and heads of school who desire to learn and grow and make a lasting impact on their schools through extraordinary governance."
LARRY MCLEMORE, PH.D., HEAD OF SCHOOL, SAINT JAMES SCHOOL
MONTGOMERY, AL

"Dr. Mott continues to expertly and comprehensively provide independent school trustees with the necessary skills and warnings to work with leadership to ensure that their schools missions are available to the next generation."
JIM MCINTYRE, PRESIDENT, FATHER RYAN HIGH SCHOOL 
NASHVILLE, TN

"If you are wondering how to manage issues of board members knowing how to be great board members and heads of school operating in a clear mission driven environment – this book is a must read! "
HUGH HARRIS, HEADMASTER, FRANKLIN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 
FRANKLIN, TN

"Without a doubt, this is the most useful and user-friendly book on independent school governance I have seen—a must-have, must-read for all independent and private school leaders."
RICHARD MARTIN, PH.D., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS (TAIS)
BRENTWOOD, TN

"Super Boards...should be required reading for all leaders and board members as they work together to become a ‘super’ leadership group."
RICK NEWBERRY, PH.D., PRESIDENT, ENROLLMENT CATALYST
SEMINOLE, FL

"From understanding the role and makeup of the board to establishing generative boards, Healthy Boards - Successful Schools is a must read for independent school leaders and boards alike. "
TIMOTHY P. WIENS, ED.D., HEADMASTER, MOUNT PARAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
KENNESAW, GA

"Healthy Boards – Successful Schools, leverages Bill’s years of experience as a school leader and consultant, tackling the critically important role of the ‘Board of Trustees’."
C. DAVID BALIK, ED.D., SENIOR DIRECTOR EASTERN DIVISION, ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL/ACSI
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

"Without intentionality of good governance and excellence in the board room, our schools will NOT thrive. Bill has much wisdom to share to achieve these ends."
KEN CHEESEMAN, PRESIDENT, FORT WORTH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 
FORT WORTH, TX

"In his third book on board governance, Dr. Bill Mott gives us his best, most comprehensive work yet! Healthy Boards – Successful Schools, leverages Bill’s years of experience as a school leader and consultant, tackling the critically important role of the ‘Board of Trustees’. "
JOHN THORSEN, HEAD OF SCHOOL, ATHENS ACADEMY
ATHENS, GA

"Bill is the “go-to” guy on issues regarding leadership and governance in independent schools. "
A. SHANE BLANTON, PH.D., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MISSISSIPPI ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS (MAIS)
JACKSON, MS

"Understanding the intricacies and realizing the importance of such a working relationship is vital for the school community. Dr. Mott captures this unique piece of independent school life incredibly well and in full, vivid, "real life" stories. "
PATRICK ROBERTS, HEAD OF SCHOOL, PALMER TRINITY SCHOOL
MIAMI, FL

"Among the voices in governance and leadership in independent schools, Bill’s is one of the biggest and most compelling. Every head and every trustee should keep Bill’s books handy."
DAMIAN KAVANAGH, ED.S., CAE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MISBO 
MARIETTA, GA

"[Bill] captures the essence of what it means to be a great board member and identifies the prime ingredients needed to create and sustain a strong, healthy relationship between the board and head. This is a must read for every board member."
PAUL BRENNER, HEAD OF SCHOOL, WAYNE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
GOLDSBORO, NC

"If you want to make a difference as a school head, then share this book with your Board today! True insight for new as well as established heads. "
CARL ‘CHUCK’ SABO, HEAD OF SCHOOL, ST. BERNARD ACADEMY
NASHVILLE, TN

"Dr. Mott’s latest book is the quintessential resource for private, independent, faith-based schools board of trustees and heads of school. "
DR. JON SHOULDERS, PRESIDENT, FRIENDSHIP CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
LEBANON, TN

"An expertly written and practical resource to help independent school governing boards strengthen their performance and renew themselves...every single trustee of an independent school, faith-based school, or private school needs to read this book."
JASON L. WALTON, PH.D., FORMER HEAD OF SCHOOL
JACKSON, MS

"“An excellent and engaging lesson cloaked in the drama of fiction that hits, sadly, too close to home.”"
PATRICK F. BASSETT, PRESIDENT, NAIS—NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
WASHINGTON, DC

"The Board Game is a must read for both the experienced, as well hopeful, head of school, and it ought to be a part of every board of trust orientation."
KEN CHEESEMAN, FORMER HEAD OF SCHOOL FOR ST. PAUL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
NASHVILLE, TN

"Read this book. It just might save your board and your organization!"
HUGH HARRIS, HEADMASTER OF FRANKLIN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
FRANKLIN, TN

"The Board Game is a must-read for all boards of trustees and heads of school."
STEVEN BRISTOL, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSION, FINANCIAL AID, AND ENROLLMENT FOR
 THE HUN SCHOOL OF PRINCETON 
PRINCETON, NJ

"Through William Mott’s expertise, insight, and creativity, organizations will now have better direction for their boards."
DR. RICK NEWBERRY, PRESIDENT OF ENROLLMENT CATALYST
SEMINOLE, FL

"If you’re ready for a wild ride through the untamed frontier of nonprofit leadership, William Mott is ready and imminently qualified to be your guide."
DR. JOHN COOPER, HEADMASTER OF TMI—THE EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF TEXAS
SAN ANTONIO, TX

"Super Boards provides an insightful blueprint for building and sustaining transformational governing boards."
SCOTT WILSON, HEADMASTER, BAYLOR SCHOOL
CHATTANOOGA, TN

"Super Boards should be included in the library of every board member."
SCOTT BARRON, FOUNDER, SCHOOL GROWTH
ALPHARETTA, GA

"Any nonprofit or school leader and board chair who hopes to develop a strong leadership team would benefit by using Dr. Mott’s case studies with their boards as a basis for discussion."
IAN CRAIG, FORMER HEAD OF SCHOOL, HARDING ACADEMY
NASHVILLE, TN

"Save yourself the time and grief of not doing it right, because Dr. Mott has seen and done it all when it comes to boards."
HUGH HARRIS, HEADMASTER, FRANKLIN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
FRANKLIN, TN

 


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