Ken White Distinguished Business Officer Award

Who should be nominated for this award?

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.

How do I nominate someone?

Nominations are currently closed for the Distinguished Business Officer Award.

When will the award be announced?

The recipient is announced in January, and the award is presented at NBOA's Annual Meeting.

2019 Recipient

Dallas Joseph

Dallas Joseph

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Baylor School
Chattanooga, TN

Dallas Joseph entered the independent school sector after serving in financial leadership positions at two higher education institutions. In 2000, he joined the Baylor School, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As chief financial officer and chief operating officer, Joseph oversees several major administrative units and has led ongoing efforts to strengthen internal controls and financial reporting systems, in addition to implementing the school's strategic plan.

On the national level, he has held leadership roles in the areas of financial aid and enrollment management, and served as board chair of the NBOA Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013. Joseph's leadership "was instrumental in guiding NBOA through challenging times," said NBOA President and CEO Jeff Shields, "ultimately leading to the development of a new strategic plan that helped secure NBOA's place among national associations serving independent schools."

Joseph has presented at numerous conferences, workshops and panel discussions, including a recent panel with NBOA and the Enrollment Management Association on the sensitive subject of financial aid. He is a generous mentor to other professionals, leads by listening and focuses on strategic avenues. Joseph "commands respect without ever asking for it," said Shields. "He embodies everything that is important about being an independent school business officer, and most importantly, everything that Ken White thought a business officer could be and should be."

Past Recipients

Every year since 1999, NBOA has honored an extraordinary professional with the Distinguished Business Officer Award. View the award's past recipients.

About Ken White

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.

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