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A Blueprint to Building an Effective Independent School Board

By: David Schriver

and John C. Coppola

An independent school is a business.  And its mission is to educate and prepare children for life beyond the school’s walls.  All businesses need good governance to survive challenges and take advantage of opportunities that may arise.  So why should schools be any different?

In the October 25, 2016 edition of National Association of Independent Schools’ online blog, Independent Ideas, David Schriver, Director in Ellin & Tucker’s Audit, Accounting, and Consulting Department, and John Coppola, Associate Vice President for Finance at Notre Dame of Maryland University, share their insights and best practices in building an effective independent school board.

To read this article, please visit A Blueprint to Building an Effective Independent School Board on the Independent Ideas website.

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With nearly 20 years of financial reporting and consulting experience, David D. Schriver, Jr., CPA, is a Director in the Audit, Accounting, and Consulting Department of Ellin & Tucker and Chair of the firm’s Education Services Group. David’s combined experience as an independent school Board Treasurer and engagement leader for several of the firm’s not-for-profits and independent school clients is a rare set of skills few other accountants can match, His familiarity with budgeting and forecasting, cash flow analysis, strategic planning, capital campaigns, risk management, and human resource functions is a valuable resource to his clients and colleagues.



johncoppolavertical1John C. Coppola, CPA, MBA, is the associate vice president for finance at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Prior to his current role, John had more than 15 years of experience as both an accountant with Ellin & Tucker and chief financial officer for a prominent private school in Baltimore. He also sits on the boards of both the School of the Incarnation and Archbishop Spalding High School, serving as finance committee chair.


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