Nominations are accepted November through January, with elections in February.
Trustees serve a three-year term, which begins in June.
For more information, contact Joanne Petty, chair of the Committee on Trustees.
Criteria Relevant To Selection of Trustee Nominees
Service as a Trustee for Burgundy is a serious responsibility that affects both the near-term and long-term future of our school. As Trustees, we are stewards of Burgundy’s present and future – its philosophy, its facilities, its place in the community, and its mission. Board of Trustee decisions may have significant and long-lasting consequences for the School.
The role of parent Trustees, in particular, calls for special care and judgment, since the role of the Board is to address matters of broad policy, mission and the medium-to-long term success of the school. The Board is not responsible for day-to-day operations of the school, and it is critical that parent Trustees appreciate the importance of distinguishing when they are wearing a “parent” versus “trustee” hat. If the two become merged, the Board’s important work may be compromised.
Desirable Attributes of an Effective Trustee
Understands and Embraces the Mission and Vision of Burgundy.
A successful nominee is someone who is genuinely committed to the school and progressive education, and is able to advocate personally and broadly their excitement about Burgundy.
Understands and Embraces the Goals and Objectives of Burgundy's Strategic Plan.
Possesses Prior Volunteer and/or Community Service Experience.
Possesses a Mindset of Philanthropic Advocacy.
We are most likely embarking on a substantial capital campaign and must grow our annual fund capacities in order to sustain the school. No matter what the level of contribution, all Trustees are expected to give to the school every year.
Understands Roles and Respects Boundaries.
Understands that the
role of a Trustee is governance and long-term leadership, not management. A Trustee must understand that the role of the Board is strategic and long-term, focused on enhancing the stability and fiscal health of the school while remaining true to its mission over the medium-to-long terms.
Demonstrates Collegiality/Is a Willing Team Player.
Exercises Integrity, Judgment and Discretion.
Exhibits Broad, Strategic Thinking.
Embraces and Respects Diverse Perspectives.
Consistent with the school’s legacy, mission and values, the Board is benefited by having Trustees with a diversity of perspectives, ethnicities, and backgrounds
Has the Willingness and Capacity to Devote the Time and Effort to Reliably Meet Board Obligations.
Trustees must have the time and ability to work hard on Board projects, taking full ownership and responsibility for matters placed in their charge, and delivering professional results on time. Trustees must be available to attend approximately 10 Board meetings a year, and to serve actively on at least one committee.
Excerpted from Trustee Election Policy and Bylaws
(Adopted January 12, 1993; revised June 2009; reviewed every year)