The purpose of Lake Highland Preparatory School's Board of Trustees is to provide strategic leadership and governance for the school, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
The Board of Trustees' members protect and advance the school's mission from a strategic perspective. The Board focuses on the school's overall, long-range goals, and the means of achieving them. Trustees are not involved in, and purposely avoid engaging in, the daily operations of the school.
Trustees are ambassadors of the school. Trustees also help fundraise for the school's highest priorities, and they identify and forge effective partnerships to expand opportunities for all Highlanders.
The actions of the Board of Trustees are established and governed by the Bylaws of Lake Highland Preparatory School, Inc.
The Bylaws specifically define the Trustees' roles, committee structure, terms of service, meetings, voting requirements, and other procedures.
The Bylaws provide for Trustees to number between 15 and 25 Board members, with each member serving up to three consecutive 3-year terms. Board officers are exempt from the term limits.
To help accomplish the Board's work, an Executive Committee comprised of Board officers and focused on strategic policies and long-range planning is supported by five Standing Committees. These committees include the Committee on Trustees (focused on trustee selection and development, the Finance Committee (focused on the school's fiscal health), the Building Committee (focused on infrastructure development and building maintenance), the Development Committee (focused on overall school development and advancement initiatives), and the Head of School support committee. The Board of Trustees may also establish special committees when necessary to focus on important school priorities such as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee established in 2020. Each Trustee serves on at least one committee.
No. LHP seeks to have among its Trustees a diverse group of men and women from various school constituencies: current parents, alumni, alumni parents, and grandparents. LHP also seeks Trustees with no prior ties to the school who offer experience, wisdom, and perspectives as community partners and industry leaders.
Yes. LHP's Board of Trustees values and purposely seeks diversity within its membership. Current LHP Trustees bring a broad range of diversity of race, gender, religion, educational background, and professional expertise, thereby creating a rich array of valuable perspectives that enrich their strategic discussions and decisions.
Potential Trustees are identified in various ways including prior service as dedicated volunteers for the school through parent or alumni organizations, fundraising committees, or other leadership opportunities. Community leaders and industry experts are also asked to serve on LHP's Board of Trustees in order to benefit from their unique insights, experiences, and community connections. All Trustees are expected to enthusiastically support the school and serve as champions for its mission. If interested in serving on LHP’s Board of Trustees, please feel free to notify the Chair, LHP BOT Committee on Trustees (COT) at Chair-COT@lhps.org with an introductory email, current resumé, and your special skills and experiences considered to be useful by a Board member in support of the school.