Leadership
Board of Trustees
The Bishop’s Board of Trustees holds the School “in trust” for future generations and is the highest-level decision-making authority. The board uses the School’s mission statement and strategic goals as guideposts for board decisions. Board business is conducted in accordance with approved bylaws, last revised in April 2018.

The board delegates responsibility for managing day-to-day operations to the head of school and does not intervene in the daily affairs of the School, such as curriculum development, admissions or personnel. Instead, the board focuses on three areas critical to the success of any independent school: 

  1. adopting a clear statement of Bishop’s mission and vision with particular focus on long-range and strategic issues;
  2. selecting, evaluating and supporting the head of school who is charged with the management of the School; and
  3. being accountable for the financial, legal and reputational well-being of the School.
The volunteer board is comprised of current parents, alumni, parents of alumni and community members. The head of school is an ex-officio member of the board. A significant portion of the board’s work is done through its eight committees that focus on fiduciary, strategic and advancement initiatives for the long-term health of the School.

In the conduct of its official business, the board acts only as a whole; individual trustees, including the board president, have no authority to act unless specifically authorized to do so by the board acting as a whole.

Trustees are asked to serve up to two three-year terms and serve on two committees. The Governance Committee continually identifies and evaluates trustee candidates from the parent, alumni and wider communities to ensure diversity of experience, perspective and skills. Members of the Governance Committee meet with candidates and speak with those who know them to determine their strengths, experience serving on previous boards, alignment with the mission and interest in sharing their time, talent and treasure. The committee makes recommendations of highly-qualified candidates to the board, which elects trustees each April for the following school year. 

From time to time, ad hoc committees or task forces may be formed to address specific issues or projects (for example, strategic planning).

Advancement Committee

All members of the board share responsibility for the success of the advancement program. The Advancement Committee recommends development strategy and policy to the board of trustees in keeping with the School’s mission, purpose and strategic plan. Specific responsibilities include: annual giving; financial aid funding; auction; capital and endowment campaigns; alumni and parent relations (including parents of students and alumni); special events; planned giving; and stewardship to enhance our culture of philanthropy and School traditions. These responsibilities may be individually staged or coordinated within an overall comprehensive campaign.

Committee Chair: Haeyoung Tang

Audit and Risk Management Committee

The Audit and Risk Management Committee assists the board of trustees in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities. The committee’s role includes a particular focus on the qualitative aspects of financial reporting and on organization processes for the management of risk, and for compliance with significant applicable tax, legal, ethical and regulatory requirements. The role of the committee also includes coordination with other committees of the board, and the maintenance of strong and positive working relationships with the administration of the School, the external auditors, counsel to the School and any advisors to the committee.

Committee Chair: Jennifer Kaplan Lebow '96

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, head of school, COO/CFO and committee chairs. The Executive Committee coordinates the work of the board, serves as a sounding board for the head and the board president and makes recommendations to the full board on important issues. The committee assists in planning board meeting agendas and monitors adherence to the School’s mission, long-term strategic and annual goals. 

Committee Chair: Annette Bradbury

Facilities Committee

The Facilities Committee advises on the sustainable maintenance of the site to support program.
  • It makes recommendations to the board as to the needs and priorities of new facilities or use and maintenance of existing facilities.
  • It periodically reports to the board on the physical condition of the present plant.
  • It helps in developing and maintaining a campus master plan and in developing strategies for acquisition of properties adjacent to the School.
  • It provides recommendations to the Finance and Investment Committee on short-term and long-term facility needs, costs, time schedules and priorities for use in establishing budgets.  
Committee Chair: Gregg Buckley

Faculty Compensation Policy Committee

The Faculty Compensation Policy Committee periodically reviews all aspects of compensating the faculty, in support of the School’s mission to attract and maintain the highest quality faculty. The committee reports to the board the School’s relative standing concerning compensation and makes policy recommendations regarding proposed compensation changes, in consultation with the Finance and Investment Committee and other committees, as appropriate.

Committee Chair: Peter Arrowsmith

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee ensures that the board of trustees provides effective governance for the School.
  • Monitors the overall health of the board and board relationships
  • Establishes criteria and board needs for new trustees and continually looks for and develops a list of potential trustees
  • Responsible for presenting recommendations to the full board for filling vacancies on the board, for nominating a slate of officers for the board’s consideration each year and for advising the president regarding selection of standing committee chairs
  • Responsible for orientation of new trustees and for identifying and providing board education
  • Conducts an annual self-assessment of the board
  • Ensures that the bylaws accurately reflect the structure and method of operation of the School, meet current legal standards and recommends any revisions to the board
  • Is responsible for succession of the board president
  • A subcommittee of the Governance Committee evaluates the performance of the head of school annually and reviews and establishes his or her compensation.
Committee Chair: Martha Howton Sottosanti '89

Student Life, Diversity and Globalization Committee

The Student Life, Diversity and Globalization Committee provides oversight of the School’s efforts to achieve and sustain a diverse School community, to serve the whole student, to advance character development and leadership skills and to include a meaningful global education element as part of the School’s overall program. The committee makes such recommendations as necessary to the board and acts in an advisory capacity to the head of school.

Committee Chair: Catherine Ivey Lee

Officers of the Board of Trustees 2018-2019

Chairman of the Board
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego

President
Annette Bradbury

Vice President
Barbara Carson Edwards '84
 
Treasurer
Doug Forsyth

Secretary
Jane Adams '87

Legal Counsel 
Alexis Gutierrez

Members of the Board of Trustees 2018-2019

Jane Adams '87
Peter Arrowsmith
David Bagley
Annette Bradbury
Gregg Buckley
Regina Buckley
Don Carlson '80
Matthew Carter
Barbara Carson Edwards '84
Doug Forsyth
Barbara Kyrillos
Jennifer Kaplan Lebow '96
Catherine Ivey Lee
Kristopher Lichter '89
Annie Wolterstorff Love '65 
Christopher McKellar
Elizabeth Oliver
Kelly Parsons '88
Lake Price
Corinne Perkins Ross ‘97
The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Martha Howton Sottosanti '88
Haeyoung Tang
Mimi Holman Test '61
Clara Wu Tsai
Ann White 
Gaylene Xanthopoulos 
 

Honorary Lifetime Trustees

Brad Geier
Jan Ann Kahler
Betsy Manchester
Anne McCarthy
Gretchen Stroschein Thomson '59
Susan Fleet Welsch '63
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The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.