Financial Management


Most sessions will include a recorded presentation available to all Conference attendees throughout the Conference until the end of December 2020

financial management

Resetting Tuition

Last fall, Kiski announced a “tuition reset” which lowered our tuition from $61,300 to $48,500 for the 2020-21 school year. In this session, we’ll examine the financial analysis and modeling that informed our decision, how the reset was messaged to our constituents, and how it was marketed to new families. Plus, we’ll share the results of one admissions cycle and next steps for sustaining this new model.

Christopher Brueningsen

Headmaster, The Kiski School, PA

Adam Schapiro

Associate Headmaster, The Kiski School, PA


Updating Your Enrollment Contract In The Time Of Coronavirus

When did your school most recently update its enrollment agreement? Did your enrollment agreement fully protect your school in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak? In this lively and interactive session, experienced education attorneys will explore the key elements of creating a legally enforceable agreement, drawing on lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic. Participants will discuss other common traps that independent schools ought to avoid when drafting and enforcing enrollment agreements.

Brian Garrett

Partner, Schwartz Hannum PC, MA

Sarah Fay

Attorney, Schwartz Hannum PC, MA

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Storytelling: the power of data visualization

Data visualization is a powerful tool that helps an audience digest and process patterns and trends from a complex data set. Does your data tell a compelling and persuasive story?

Tanner Baker

Research & Analytics, Rational Partners, NY

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Better Together – Building an Effective Partnership between Admissions and the Business Office

With tuition supporting more than 70% of the operating budget at most boarding schools, enrollment managers and business officers need to have an effective partnership to ensure institutional stability and success. Pomfret's Director of Enrollment Management and CFO will share their secrets to a successful partnership and give attendees practical "how-to" tips to strengthen communication, knowledge, and understanding between the admissions and the business office.

Amy Graham

Director of Enrollment Management, Pomfret School, CT

Ed Griffin

Chief Financial Officer, Pomfret School, CT

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roundtable discussion:

Lessons Learned and Innovations that Will Endure Beyond 2020

Join Peter Curran, Incoming Head of School at Blair Academy, and colleagues to hear and share the best lessons and practices to come out of the last nine months of forced disruption and innovation in the realm of finance and operations. We’ll discuss the developments of 2020 that are worth sustaining into the future.

Peter Curran
Incoming Head of School, Blair Academy

Jed Wartman
Dean of Students, Governor’s Academy


Katie Titus
Head of School, Mercersburg Academy

Wendy Skinner
Dean of Student Life, Western Reserve Academy

Dominique Green
Quality Assurance and Training Coordinator, National Management Resources Corporation