Sarah Daignault Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award

Who should be nominated for this award?

A person who has consistently shown generous support of independent schools and their business officers, through his/her role as an association executive, a corporate partner, a consultant, or a senior administrator (other than a business officer) at an independent school.

How do I nominate someone?

Submit a Nomination   Award nominations are open through December 14.

When will the award be announced?

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

2018 Recipient

Rhonda Durham

Rhonda Durham

Executive Director

Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS)

A former independent school teacher, admissions director and head of school, among other roles, Rhonda Durham demonstrated an immediate respect for and commitment to business officers upon coming to the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) in 2006. Her support of the organization's business officers council, for instance, fostered the development of high-quality regional and national standards involving data collection and school accreditation. As a trustee of the ISAS Group Benefits Trust, she was invaluable in helping participating schools offer comprehensive health coverage at price points that have risen well below the national average. Through the trust, Rhonda has worked collaboratively with business officers throughout her region in support of their schools.

Past Recipients

NBOA has given out the Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award since 2011. View the award's past recipients.

About Sarah Daignault

The Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award honors the legacy of Sarah P. Daignault, who served as the Executive Director of NBOA for the first 12 years of its existence. The award recognizes the instrumental role in developing strong relationships in the independent school industry in support of the efforts of the business officer. It honors Sarah's vision and dedication, which transformed NBOA from a small group of like-minded business officers into a thriving organization supported by hundreds of members across the country.

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