Healthy Boards – Successful Schools

Healthy Boards – Successful Schools

Fitting Words, December 1, 2018
Independent and faith-based schools succeed and thrive in the presence of visionary leadership. In its absence, schools struggle and often fail to achieve their mission. The success story for schools is the strength of the leadership found in the relationship between the head of school, the board chair, and all trustees.
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Independent and faith-based schools succeed and thrive in the presence of visionary leadership. In its absence, schools struggle and often fail to achieve their mission. The success story for schools is the strength of the leadership found in the relationship between the head of school, the board chair, and all trustees. It is through this relationship and partnership where health and success can be found. This book is the essential resource that will inform you in several ways:
  • Demonstrate that a healthy board is the determining factor between thriving and merely surviving.
  • Describe the transformational responsibilities of the committee on trustees in such a way that elevates their mission to recruit, retain, education, and evaluate the board.
  • Introduce concepts that solidifies the all-important relationship that board members must have with one another and with the school’s leadership.
  • Think differently about governance and create a culture where serving on the board is a serious but joyful experience.
  • Acknowledge the value of unity, one board—one voice!
This relationship is empowered by creativity, innovation, combined with the knowledge and understanding of fundamental responsibilities and a convocation that best practices will enable you to embrace the bright future which is within your grasp.

Fitting Words
Publication Date
December 1, 2018
Number of Pages
9.625"(h) x 6.44" (w)

Bill Mott understands the critical role that trustees play in independent schools: Healthy and sustainable schools have healthy and sustainable board cultures. He recognizes that board actions today set the path and the tone for the school's future. His experience in working with boards is extensive; and his advice is practical, clear, and very wise. 
R. Kirk Walker, Jr., Ph.D., President Emeritus of SAIS
Atlanta, GA

Because all leadership is reflective, the health of the board is on full display throughout every aspect of the school. Solomon said, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” (Proverbs 19:18, The Message) Healthy Boards - Successful Schools is a very practical guide for board members and school leaders to gain a better understanding God’s plan for the school and how to implement it. Dr. Mott’s use of Case Stories is simply masterful! Working through these together will allow the board to become proactive instead of reactive; ready to overcome difficult challenges and embrace strategic opportunities to fulfill God’s purpose for the school.
Stephen G. Reel, Ph.D., Head of School, Mitchell Road Christian Academy, Greenville, South Carolina
Colorado Springs, CO

Bill Mott continues to exhibit a depth of insight when it comes to Independent School governance. Through anecdotes and case stories, he is able to break down the complex nature of Board/Head of School dynamics and provide clarity around what is most important for the healthy functioning of a school. From when I first met Bill as a new Head of School, to subsequent work that he has done with our Board, I can attest to the value of his perspective and the effectiveness with which he is able to communicate it.
David Braemer, Head of School, Ensworth School
Nashville, TN

Bill Mott is arguably the leading expert in governance in independent education, as Healthy Boards-Successful Schools so well demonstrates. No relationship in independent schools is more important than that of the Board and head. Dr. Mott offers wise insight to ensure the relationship is strong and generative. This book should be required reading for all new members of Governing Boards and new heads of school. Many current board members and longstanding heads would benefit from reading it, as well.
F. Stuart Gulley, Ph.D., President, Woodward Academy
Atlanta, GA

In my twenty-one years of headship, the importance of healthy, well-functioning, and strategic boards has never been more vital to the overall health of independent schools. Bill Mott has become one of the most respected voices in our profession about this critical facet of school life. Bill's new book, Healthy Boards - Successful Schools, represents the next chapter in his course on how to build and maintain this essential quality of successful schools. Bravo and thank you, Bill, for another "must read.”
Scott Wilson, Headmaster, Baylor School
Chattanooga, TN

Writing from a unique perspective, Bill Mott guides School Trustees and School Heads in a complete study of what great governance should look like. I will use this book as I teach aspiring school leaders because this book is an ideal textbook with it’s clear guidance and practical case studies. In addition, for trustees who care deeply about the mission of their school and who desire to see it succeed into the future, this book is a must-read. In his book, Bill Mott shares wisdom and experience, by studying his words and applying the concepts, your service on the independent school board of trustees will be enhanced and guided in the right direction.
Jeff Jackson, M.B.A., Ed.D., President, Georgia Independent School Association (GISA)
Atlanta, GA

To say Bill Mott understands governance is an absurd understatement. He has been a board member, a board chair and a head of school. He has been traveling the country working with school heads and boards for years. His goal is to help independent and faith-based schools be their best. What most impresses me is Bill's incredible ability to combine a "down-home charm" with a hard-headed approach to governance. This book is accessible whilst also laying out concrete directives on how best to govern schools. In an age where governance issues seem to pop up more and more, this book needs to be required reading for school leaders and Board members nationwide. He manages to reframe what can often be tension-filled situations into opportunities for school leadership to partner on providing strategic leadership and setting a school's course into the future.
David Colon, Head of School, Visitation Academy
St. Louis, MO

Healthy Boards – Successful Schools addresses many vital issues that independent schools face in today’s private school culture. Dr. Mott’s vast knowledge gained from working with various independent schools over the course of many years is very insightful regarding the struggle many schools experience. The case studies are well thought out and presented in an interesting and applicable way that is relevant in all independent schools. As the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Providence Christian Academy, I have had the unique opportunity to work with Dr. Mott and see the measurable results of applying his principles. Our school has grown under his leadership to one of the fastest growing independent schools in the country, and I firmly believe that this growth would not have occurred if we were not practicing the principles laid out in this book. An independent school, whether faith-based or college preparatory based, cannot thrive in a healthy atmosphere unless the Head and the Board of Trustees work together in a healthy manner. Healthy Boards – Successful Schools is a must read for all leaders involved in independent schools.
Julie Knox, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Providence Christian Academy
Murfreesboro, TN

Bill Mott tackles the subject of board governance and leadership with creative flair. Healthy Boards - Successful Schools infuses the essentials of good governance into very digestible case study examples. With Healthy Boards - Successful Schools, Bill Mott takes a deeper and broader dive into this vital topic for schools than most books on the topic.
Jeff Mitchell, Ph.D., Head of School, Currey Ingram Academy
Brentwood, TN

Bill Mott’s compelling and timely investigation of the most critical challenges facing independent school governing boards today is filled with insights to support the work of school leaders and trustees. Healthy Boards – Successful Schools succinctly and clearly distills the principles to follow that will ensure long-term stability and strength in leading schools and carrying out a school’s distinct mission and purpose. In today’s world with the dynamics of constant change a strong school must have a strong foundation of leadership—starting with the head of school and each member of the board of trustees. Bill Mott’s advice will guide each person in serving as a leader to carry out his or her responsibilities with clarity and unity of purpose. This book is essential for school trustees and heads of school who desire to learn and grow and make a lasting impact on their schools through extraordinary governance.
Larry McLemore, Ph.D., Head of School, Saint James School
Montgomery, AL

Dr. Mott has authored a MUST read for current or potential trustees of independent schools. More than any other single factor in independent schools, thoughtful, prepared and visionary trustees are necessary to ensure that governance supports the mission of these incredibly important institutions. Dr. Mott continues to expertly and comprehensively provide independent school trustees with the necessary skills and warnings to work with leadership to ensure that their schools missions are available to the next generation.
Jim McIntyre, President, Father Ryan High School
Nashville, TN

Here it is – the trifecta of Board Governance literature. Dr. Bill Mott has done it again. His third book Healthy Boards – Successful Schools, is practical, meaningful, and it is fresh board leadership training pulled straight from the real world. Transformative principals are what you will encounter in the pages to follow. If you are wondering how to manage issues of board members knowing how to be great board members and heads of school operating in a clear mission driven environment – this book is a must read! The case stories will allow you to learn invaluable lessons without having to endure many of the missteps described here. Don’t miss out. Read this book. Have a better board, a better school.
Hugh Harris, Headmaster, Franklin Christian Academy
Franklin, TN

Bill Mott’s new book is an impressive and comprehensive examination of what makes independent and faith-based private schools thrive. The answer—to create and maintain a healthy board culture—is not new. But what is new is the author’s deep understanding and lucid explanations of board structure and operations, coupled with multiple compelling “case stories” drawn from his own work with boards, and astute analysis of what happens when best practices are followed—and when they are not. Without a doubt, this is the most useful and user-friendly book on independent school governance I have seen—a must-have, must-read for all independent and private school leaders.
Richard Martin, Ph.D., Executive Director Emeritus, Tennessee Association of Independent Schools (TAIS)
Brentwood, TN

Dr. William Mott has a long and impressive background in independent school education and truly understands governance and its importance to the proper and effective management of schools. Healthy Boards - Successful Schools provides deep insights and practical advice for school leaders and independent school boards of all sizes, whether the school is classical, traditional, or progressive in curricular and pedagogical makeup. Nothing is more important to the life of a school than its governance structure and practice. This book is a terrific guide to help new and established schools better understand and implement good governance. From understanding the role and makeup of the board to establishing generative boards, Healthy Boards - Successful Schools is a must read for independent school leaders and boards alike.
Timothy P. Wiens, Ed.D., Headmaster, Mount Paran Christian School
Kennesaw, GA

As the saying goes, everything rises and falls on leadership. In his third book on board governance, Dr. Bill Mott gives us his best, most comprehensive work yet! Healthy Boards – Successful Schools, leverages Bill’s years of experience as a school leader and consultant, tackling the critically important role of the ‘Board of Trustees’. Replete with case studies and practical examples of what works and what doesn’t, it is a must read for school leaders and Board members who truly want to grow in their understanding of what it means to lead and govern effectively.
C. David Balik, Ed.D., Vice President, USA for ACSI
Colorado Springs, CO

Knowing Bill Mott for over 20 years as a consultant and colleague, I have seen and heard first hand his excellent work in independent and faith-based schools and his clear-headed thinking about governance. Without intentionality of good governance and excellence in the board room, our schools will NOT thrive. Bill has much wisdom to share to achieve these ends.
Ken Cheeseman, President, Fort Worth Christian School
Fort Worth, TX

As the saying goes, everything rises and falls on leadership. In his third book on board governance, Dr. Bill Mott gives us his best, most comprehensive work yet! Healthy Boards – Successful Schools, leverages Bill’s years of experience as a school leader and consultant, tackling the critically important role of the ‘Board of Trustees’. Replete with case studies and practical examples of what works and what doesn’t, it is a must read for school leaders and Board members who truly want to grow in their understanding of what it means to lead and govern effectively.”
John Thorsen, Head of School, Athens Academy
Athens, GA

As director of a state association of independent schools, I am keenly aware of the significance of leadership and governance issues for the survival—all the more, the success—of independent schools. That’s why I often turn to Bill Mott and why I refer schools to him. Bill is the “go-to” guy on issues regarding leadership and governance in independent schools. Whether as a private consultant or through his books and seminars, Bill dispenses sensible advice that schools would be wise to heed when they seek to attain levels of success previously unattainable.
A. Shane Blanton, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools
Jackson, MS

Understanding and realizing the intricacies and importance of good governance is critical for the success of any school Head. Dr. Mott captures this unique and vital piece of independent school life exceptionally well. I highly recommend any school leader or aspiring leader to read this book—it is time well invested. Good school governance resides in the successful relationship between the Board and the School Head. Understanding the intricacies and realizing the importance of such a working relationship is vital for the school community. Dr. Mott captures this unique piece of independent school life incredibly well and in full, vivid, "real life" stories. Any school leader will benefit greatly from reading this book, and learning the valuable lessons it provides.
Patrick Roberts, Head of School, Palmer Trinity School
Miami, FL

Among the voices in governance and leadership in independent schools, Bill’s is one of the biggest and most compelling. He demystifies the complex relationship between boards and heads and fosters a deep passion for fulfilling the school’s mission. Every head and every trustee should keep Bill’s books handy.
Damian Kavanagh, Ed.S., CAE, Executive Director, MISBO
Marietta, GA

If you're serious about serving on an independent school board, you need to read this book. Bill tackles the key issues facing heads of schools and independent school boards. He captures the essence of what it means to be a great board member and identifies the prime ingredients needed to create and sustain a strong, healthy relationship between the board and head. This is a must read for every board member.
Paul Brenner, Head of School, Wayne Christian School
Goldsboro, NC

Bill Mott’s book is a clear and comprehensive guide to the school Head/Board relationship. It is truly thorough in its coverage of all critical areas of governance. If you want to make a difference as a school head, then share this book with your Board today! True insight for new as well as established heads. Thanks, Bill, for writing this book!
Carl ‘Chuck’ Sabo, Head of School, St. Bernard Academy
Nashville, TN

Dr. Mott’s latest book is the quintessential resource for private, independent, faith-based schools board of trustees and heads of school. His comprehensive range of topics coupled with his experienced perspective into the interactions and relationships among the board of trustees and the head of school provides the essential framework to cultivate healthy board/head relationships—successively building healthy schools.
Dr. Jon Shoulders, President, Friendship Christian School
Lebanon, TN

A healthy governing board is the most vital ingredient for independent school success. From the man who brought you The Board Game and Super Boards comes this new offering, which is an expertly written and practical resource to help independent school governing boards strengthen their performance and renew themselves. Every single trustee of an independent school, faith-based school, or private school needs to read this book. And, maybe even read it twice…
Jason L. Walton, Ph.D., Former Head of School
Jackson, MS

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