Given to exceptionally active and inspiring individuals who have dedicated their careers to the support of others in the field.
Nominees may include individuals who have made outstanding contributions over several years in the field of independent school business operations, including service to other schools, business officers and groups. Nominees for this award, the association's highest honor, must be affiliated with an NBOA member school.
Nominations are currently closed for the Distinguished Business Officer Award.
The recipient is announced in January, and the award is presented at NBOA's Annual Meeting.
College Preparatory School
Jane Carney's career in independent schools began in the mid-1980s as the business officer of a K-8 school in Hawaii, followed by service at two very different schools in Massachusetts and California. In the intervening years, she was founding president of HAIS (Hawaii Association of Independent Schools) and president of Cal-ISBOA (California Independent Schools Business Officers Association), both of which experienced significant growth and expansion under her leadership. During Jane's presidency at Cal-ISBOA, for instance, her strong leadership led to the unification of two regional organizations into what is now the largest statewide group of its kind, along with the launch of a state-wide health consortium.
Jane has also provided exemplary service through her national association. She was an active member of the NBOA Board and several committees, has presented at many NBOA events and has provided generous counsel to her peers through the NBOA member listserv, among other things.
"Jane is simply terrific," said one nominator. "She has worked tirelessly over the last 30 years toward the betterment of independent schools and, more specifically, business officers…. Honest, compassionate, confident, resilient, persuasive, courageous, visionary — these are just a few words to describe Jane."
Every year since 1999, NBOA has honored an extraordinary professional with the Distinguished Business Officer Award. View the award's past recipients.
The Distinguished Business Officer Award honors the legacy of Kenneth A. White, Jr., who had a passion for this field and an incurable desire to help others. He could discuss business matters anywhere, and always had extra time for problems and questions. Ken pushed himself to find ways to do things better. He was a visionary, not just for his school, but for all schools. Upon his death in 1996, speakers at his memorial services recognized him as "a man of deep faith," a "mentor," and an "inspiration," as well as a valued colleague, neighbor, and friend.
Ken held a top financial position at Davison-Elkin College, and then served for 21 years at Westminster School in Atlanta. He was a founding member of MISBO (Mid-South Independent School Business Officers), and was active in many other organizations, especially ABOIS (Association of Business Officers of Independent Schools), and also served a term on the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) Business Service Committee.