The Miami Valley School is a not-for-profit independent school and has no shareholders or owners. The Miami Valley School is governed by a Board of Trustees, which, since the school’s founding, has been entrusted with advancing the school’s mission, developing strategic plans and initiatives to protect the school’s well-being, and ensuring the school’s long-term financial viability for future generations. The Board’s primary responsibilities include:
– Determining and upholding the school’s mission and purpose, and ensuring that the school’s external presence is reflective of that mission and purpose.
– Selecting, supporting and evaluating the Head of School.
– Ensuring effective strategic planning and assisting in implementing, monitoring, and strengthening programs.
– Overseeing the management of the endowment, protecting assets, and providing proper financial oversight.
The Board entrusts operational matters to the Head of School, and the Head serves as an ex officio member of the Board.
The Executive Committee’s role is to plan the work of the Board with consideration of the Board’s strategic goals and current environment in order to determine the appropriate direction of the Board’s actions and policies affecting the school’s future. The committee also works closely with the Head of School in this function and acts as a sounding board and advisory group to the Head of School. When the Board is not in session and prudent and expeditious management requires prompt action, the Executive Committee shall have and may exercise all of the authority of the Board in the governance of the school. The Head Compensation Committee, which is a subset of the Executive Committee, conducts the yearly evaluation of the Head of School.
The Finance Committee is responsible for both the financial stability and the financial future of the school. The committee oversees the financial operations of the school, including budgets, capital expenditures, and investments. It is also responsible for overseeing the maintenance and renovation of the physical plant in collaboration with the Facilities Committee. It is also responsible for assisting the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its responsibility for oversight of the quality and integrity of the school’s accounting, auditing, and reporting practices, and of the school’s system of internal control over financial reporting.
The Planning Committee, working closely with the Head of School, is responsible for overseeing the development, monitoring and, ultimately, ensuring the accomplishment of the strategic long-range plans of MVS.
The Advancement Committee is responsible for overseeing and supporting the schools fundraising efforts. It ensures best practice is followed, appropriate policies are in place and priorities and goals for fundraising are established. The committee also identifies, cultivates, and rates all major prospects for support and recruits key volunteer leadership and solicitors for the school’s fundraising campaigns.
The Enrollment and Marketing Committee is responsible for overseeing the activities of the communications and admission departments as well as the school’s advertising and public relations strategy and efforts.
The Facilities Committee is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for the construction, revitalization, and maintenance of the physical plant; to develop and oversee the implementation of strategies to engage stakeholders on a continuing basis in efforts to address the school’s facilities needs; to consider, as appropriate, matters relating to the physical plant, including approval of plans for new construction and revitalization and the prioritization of capital projects plans and requests, as well as, and in coordination with the Head of School, Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees; to provide guidance and advice to Head of School, Finance Committee and the Board of Trustees on facilities-related matters.
The Governance Committee oversees the Board and Board Committee’s structure, composition, and operations to ensure the highest quality of governance standards are utilized to safeguard the school’s future. This committee nominates, recruits, and orients new trustees and nominates members of the Board to be considered for election to the Executive Committee and as officers of the corporation. It also nominates members of the Board and, when appropriate, non-trustees for all board committee roles.
The Education Policy Committee is responsible for ensuring the Board has awareness and understanding of the strong quality assurance processes in place for our educational product. The Committee serves as a sounding board to school leadership and collaborates with the Head of School and Assistant Head of School in examining educational outcomes and data regarding relevance to current educational standards of excellence for independent schools and to ensure the the school is fulfilling the mission and values of MVS, particularly with respect to maintaining its commitment to the Immersion Method and Social Emotional Learning.
Bruce P. Bedford (dec.)
Matthew O. Diggs, Jr
Doug Jenks ’87
Julia D. Hobart
George H. “Sandy” McConnel
Elsie Mead (dec.)
Kenneth E. Nutter (dec.)
Melinda Nutter Couch
Jonathan G. Verity ’93
Mary Rita Weissman
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