Given to those exceptionally active and inspiring individuals who have dedicated their careers to the help and support of others in our field.
NBOA has given out the Distinguished Business Officer Award since 1999. View the award's past recipients.
An individual who has made outstanding contributions over several years in the field of independent school business operations, including service to other schools, business officers, and groups, will be considered for this award. Nominees for the NBOA Distinguished Business Officer Award, the association's highest honor, must be affiliated with an NBOA member school.
Nominations are closed at this time.
The award recipient is announced in January, and the award is presented the following month at NBOA's annual conference.
Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations
The Northwest School (Seattle, WA)
As The Northwest School's (NWS) assistant head of school for finance and operations, Jan oversees strategic financial planning and the business office, dining services, facilities, network technology, human resources and financial aid departments. She is also an alumni parent (1995) of the school. Her other independent school leadership roles include serving as the Vice President for the National Business Officers Association (NBOA); Chair of the Transition Committee for the NBOA Board and Co-Chair of NBOA's Strategic Planning Committee. She is a member of ABOIS, a group of 32 senior business managers in the United States, selected by peer invitation. Locally, she volunteers for the UCDS Board of Trustees and was the Treasurer and Chair of the Investment Committee during her three year tenure.
Prior to her role at NWS she worked in for-profit businesses as the director of operations (NW Region), administrator/CEO, treatment director and marketing director for Comprehensive Care Corporation – a nationwide health care provider specializing in behavioral medicine. Early in her working career, she also worked as a clothing buyer and manager of a retail clothing store as well as in the wholesale clothing industry.
Jan's passion is to provide leadership and mentorship that assists nonprofit organizations to further their missions through financial and strategic planning.
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.