All committees are chaired by elected trustees. Although some board committees are limited to current board members or special appointees, others include volunteer parents, students, employees, and alumni.
The governance committee is responsible for the education and development of trustees to help them fulfill their duties. The committee recommends and nominates individuals for election to the board of trustees and the slate of officers. The committee may propose changes to the school's bylaws for adoption by the board. The committee is responsible for board evaluations.
The executive committee is composed of the board’s officers and can act for the board when it is not possible for the entire group to convene. The committee meets regularly to prepare the agenda for board discussions. The committee is responsible for evaluating the head of school and reviewing the school's long-range planning.
The finance committee provides oversight for financial planning, the yearly budgeting, managing maintenance reserves, and any proposed changes to financial standards and practices of the school.
The endowment committee is responsible for overseeing and managing the school's endowment assets in accordance with Catlin Gabel's endowment investment policy. Committee members, elected by the board of trustees, oversee investment policies and the performance of investment managers. The chair of the endowment committee serves as an ex officio member of the board of trustees and provides regular reports on the status of the endowment to the board.
The audit committee is primarily responsible for overseeing the school's external auditors and interacting with them during our annual engagement. The committee reviews with the external auditors the financial statements, the financial reporting process, the system of internal controls, the audit process, and the school's monitoring of compliance with laws and regulations. From time to time other responsibilities may be assigned to the committee by the board. All committee meetings except those of the committee on trustees and executive committee are open to the school community, as are most meetings of the board.
Inclusion and Diversity Committee
The Inclusion and Diversity Committee ensures that the board has in place policies and procedures that lead to increased diversity in student enrollment, faculty, administration, the board, and parent leadership and promotes inclusivity and equity in the school community and beyond. The committee recommends strategic priorities and policies; supports administration, faculty, and PFA goals with visible leadership and adequate resources; partners with the Committee for Trustees to ensure diverse board membership; educates, informs, and trains the board about diversity and inclusivity topics; and develops metrics to analyze outcomes related to diversity and inclusivity goals.
Advancement and Enrollment Management Committee
The Advancement and Enrollment Management Committee is responsible for overseeing and supporting the school’s admission, marketing and communications, and fundraising efforts. Committee members work with and assist the Head of School, Enrollment Management Director, and Advancement Director to carry out long-term strategies to ensure a high-quality and diverse admission pool, increase financial support from all constituencies, and manage the School’s brand and reputation.