Selection of Trustees
Oregon Episcopal School is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. It is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees. The Board includes members nominated by the Board's Committee on Governance and appointed by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, as well as members elected by the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon. Ex officio, non-voting members of the Board include the Head of School, the Chair of Parent Community Link, the President of the Alumni Council, and the Chair of the Endowment Investment Committee. Trustees are elected for three-year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Many trustees are current or past parents or alumni.
The Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees identifies and nominates potential trustees. There are striking parallels between the work of the Governance Committee and that of the Admissions Office at schools. A highly functioning board, just like an ideal matriculating class, has a blend of talents and backgrounds that work in concert to support the institution in fulfilling its mission and to set and monitor policy.
The process of selecting trustees starts with a review of the talents and skills of the current trustees. To support the Administration and Faculty in delivering an outstanding program you need attention to matters financial including operating budget, capital projects, facilities maintenance, investment management, is critical. Real estate and construction experience can be a big plus. In addition legal skills are often useful in addressing contracts, litigation, and compliance. Skills in global thinking, long range and strategic planning are equally important to success as are skills in marketing and communications to support a positive image for the institution in the community.
There are some qualities that are common to board members and are sought in prospective board members: the commitment of time to serve including attending board and committee meetings, the commitment of resources to provide leadership in the school’s fundraising activities, and the commitment of support for the vision, mission and strategic direction for the school and for the head of school in discharging her responsibilities. It is expected that trustees will communicate the decisions of the body while keeping deliberations confidential.
In the case of Oregon Episcopal School our by-laws specify nine Episcopal trustees to be elected by the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon. The Board also includes members nominated by the Board’s Committee on Governance and appointed by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon. In addition, the by-laws prescribe that the Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon is the Chair of the Board of Trustees and that the Bishop and the Rector of Parish Church of St. John the Baptist serve as ex-officio voting members of the board. Prospective trustees are drawn from parent ranks, the business community, local churches and schools, and philanthropic groups.
The Governance Committee, whose members are appointed by the board president and include the Head of School, as well as representatives from development, admissions and other school departments, is responsible for setting criteria for trustees, seeking nominees compatible with those criteria and cultivating potential trustees who meet the criteria and have the potential to serve. Nominations for trustees are made to the full board that votes to approve them. Upon approval, trustees are appointed by the Bishop.
There are also some non-voting trustees who serve in an advisory capacity as a result of their positions in the OES community including the Head of School, the Chair of the Parent Community Link, the President of the Alumni Association, and the Chair of the Endowment Investment Committee.