Overview: The Tatnall School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation chartered in the state of Delaware and governed by a set of by-laws. The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body and works to uphold Tatnall’s mission, provide fiduciary oversight, hire and support the Head of School, and engage in long-range strategic planning.
Composition: Tatnall’s Board of Trustees can include up to 21 members. Each Trustee serves as a volunteer and is elected in accordance with the school’s by-laws. Trustees come from many different backgrounds — corporations, charitable organizations, education, finance, government, law, medicine — and volunteer their expertise, resources, and time to the school.
Officers: Board Officers include the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Executive Committee is chaired by the President and consists of the Officers, plus other Trustees invited by the Board President. All Officers are elected by the Board annually.
Meetings and Committees: There are seven regular meetings of the Board each year, including a fall retreat. Trustees must serve on at least one standing committee, which include: Audit, Buildings & Grounds, Development, Executive, Finance, Governance, and Investment. In any given year, the Board President may create task forces or steering committees to address strategic issues.
Term: Trustees are invited to serve for a three-year term. At the end of each three-year term, the Board President and Governance Chair talk with each Trustee to ensure another term is mutually agreed upon by both parties. Currently, there is no restriction on the number of terms that can be served, but term limits are being considered.
Nominations: Trustees are nominated to the Board through the Governance Committee, which is responsible for overseeing Board membership, leadership, and succession planning. The Governance Committee welcomes recommendations from current and former Trustees, administrators, alumni, and other constituencies of the school. The Governance Committee evaluates prospective Trustees and brings forth nominations to the Board. Criteria for election include the ability to support and nurture the mission of the School, act as fiduciaries who prioritize the long-term welfare of the institution, and reflect the current diversity and future aspirations of The Tatnall School. The Board of Trustees is populated by members whose diverse skills and expertise help the board perform its duties, including the ability and willingness to support the School’s fundraising needs.
Questions: If you have questions regarding the Board of Trustees, please do not hesitate to contact the current Board President.