Message from Laura Kelsoe, President, Board of Trustees
Call for Nominations for
Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Board of Trustees and Board Committees
DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 5, 2021
- The GSES Board of Trustees is calling for nominations of individuals to serve on GSES Board of Trustees and on Board Committees.
- The Board of Trustees will elect 1-2 individuals to each serve a 3-year term on the Board beginning July 1, 2021.
- In many circumstances, a candidate will be asked to serve on a Board Committee prior to being considered for election to the Board of Trustees.
- The Board President and Board Committee Chairs will select individuals for a 1-year term on Board Committees beginning July 1, 2021. The number of individuals who will be selected to serve on Board Committees will depend on the candidates’ qualifications and the particular needs of each Committee.
- Board Committees include Advancement, Alumni, Audit, Committee on Trustees, Facilities, Finance, Investment, and Marketing.
- The deadline for submitting nominations is: Friday, February 5, 2021. Please submit nominations through the Governance page on the GSES website.
Qualifications for Trustees and Board Committees:
The key criterion for selection for service as a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal School’s Board of Trustees and its Committees is a deep personal commitment to the growth and success of Good Shepherd Episcopal School and to its mission: GSES inspires children to learn with confidence, serve with compassion, and lead with courage.
The Board of Trustees and its Committees are composed of representatives from various constituencies: members from the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (ECGS), including its Vestry and Rector; members from the community of Good Shepherd Episcopal School (GSES) including parents and the Head of School; and members from our Dallas community at large.
Responsibilities of the Trustees and members of Board Committees include:
- Holding in trust the integrity of the School for the present, as well as the future:
- Maintaining the financial integrity and stability of the School for the present and the long term, including developing a long-range strategic plan, establishing budgets and tuition, authorizing annual audits, and monitoring investments;
- Developing strategic policies of the School; and
- Employing the Head of School and ensuring a robust succession plan for School leadership.
When considering potential Trustee and Board Committee members, the Board seeks applicants with the ability to serve as advocates of the School throughout and beyond the Church/School community, who will actively participate in the strategic planning for the School, and who will contribute and secure capital contributions to achieve the School’s strategic plan. Individuals who have served faithfully on GSES or ECGS committees and related task forces and who have demonstrated a clear interest in and commitment to service, collaboration, and philanthropy exemplify potential qualified applicants. Additionally, the Board intentionally strives to be balanced with regard to gender, age, diversity, religious affiliation, and GSES families. In addition, the Board considers professional training or other individual expertise that could offer enhanced skills and perspectives to the Board and Board Committees to more effectively provide guidance to the School.
How to Nominate Qualified Individuals:
The Committee on Trustees enthusiastically welcomes participation from the Good Shepherd community in identifying individuals for consideration in the selection process. If you or someone you know would be a qualified candidate for the Good Shepherd Episcopal School’s Board of Trustees or one of the Board Committees, please ask the nominee to complete a Board Profile form located in the Governance section of the GSES website at www.gsesdallas.org. If you have questions about the selection process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appendix: Qualifications for Episcopal School Trustees and Committee Members
The following principles of good practice* are set forth to provide a common understanding on the responsibilities of individual members of Episcopal school boards:
- A trustee actively supports and promotes the school’s Episcopal identity, mission, vision, strategic goals and policy positions.
- A trustee is knowledgeable about the school’s history and relationship, both legally and philosophically, with its sponsoring parish (if applicable), in addition to diocesan guidelines (or canons) that pertain to Episcopal schools within a particular diocese.
- A trustee actively supports the school’s commitment to providing an inclusive environment that welcomes and respects families, faculty and staff representing a variety of cultural and religious beliefs.
- A trustee is supportive of the school’s commitment to equity and justice, and represents these principles appropriately and accurately within the community.
- A trustee stays fully informed about current operations and issues by attending meetings regularly, coming to meetings fully prepared, and participating enthusiastically in board initiatives.
- An individual trustee does not become involved directly in specific management, personnel, or curricular issues.
- A trustee takes care to separate the interests of the school as a whole from the specific needs and/or interests of a particular constituency, student, or group of students.
- A trustee accepts and supports board decisions. While rich discussion within a board meeting is appropriate regarding various issues, once a decision has been made, the board speaks with one voice.
- A trustee keeps all board deliberations confidential.
- A trustee guards against conflict of interest, whether personal or business related.
- A trustee has the responsibility to support the school and its head and to demonstrate that support within the community.
- Authority is vested in the board as a whole. A trustee who learns of an issue of importance to the school has the obligation to bring it to the head of school or to the board chair, and must refrain from responding to the situation individually.
- A trustee is actively involved in annual and capital campaigns for support of school programs, and participates in strategic planning for ongoing financial stability.
- Each trustee, not just the treasurer and finance committee, has fiduciary responsibility to the school for sound fiscal management.
* Adapted from Principles of Good Practice for Independent School Trustees, by the National Association of Independent Schools – Washington, D.C.