A cohesive board of trustees is paramount to the success of any EdTech institution. To go one step further, some would argue that it’s within a school’s best interest to always “do well by doing good”. When we think about what guides the morals of an individual we look to their parents, friends, and the people they surround themselves with. When we think about how a school’s moral fiber is shaped we look to its board of trustees. Trustees serve as the governing body of a school’s conscience.
The board of trustees are partners in a school’s mission and lend their advice based on their area of expertise. For example, the board of trustees at the Anita Borg Institute is comprised of a varied pool of people who each offer a unique point of view. A school counts on this body to advise on areas such as production, messaging, and funding, among many other aspects. The people who comprise these boards are valuable thanks to their diversity, background, and beliefs. While a school generally touts education as its main mission, there are sometimes outside pressures and expectations that can tempt an educational institution to stray from its main mission. It is important to keep in mind that a school’s board of trustees is in place to maintain the vision of their educational mission is not lost.
Due to their unique, diverse experiences trustees are able to advise based on of a shared collective experience. ‘Teamwork makes the dream work’ is a common phrase used to suggest that the goal will only be achieved if you have a team backing you up. Generally, a board of trustees typically receive no compensation for their work. A board of trustees is put in place to help an organization’s dream work.
Holberton School is a great example of an organization whose board of trustees is made up of a varied group of professionals, offering an array of expertise. On one end of the spectrum, we’re lucky to have NE-YO helping guide us toward fulfilling our mission. NE-YO’s insight into removing barriers to education is of deep value to Holberton School. Removing barriers to education is a win for everyone and helps to shape a student body that is reflective of our society; diverse in background and in thought. Among a few key points, the school strives to eliminate barriers to a quality education.
Having folks like Joyce DeGance Graham, Solomon Hykes, and Stephane Kasriel on the board help Holberton gain insight into current tech trends and needs. The board of trustees at Holberton has a good mix of industry professionals with strengths in a myriad of areas. While Joyce has lots of experience with the non-profit community, Solomon is well versed with the challenges of open source technology, and Stephane brings to the table a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the freelance worker. The three tech veterans mixed with the fresh perspective Ne-Yo has to offer to make for a well rounded, well informed, well-trusted board of trustees.
Having an organization with a built in moral compass is no longer a “nice-to-have”; it is a necessary piece of the puzzle to have a board of trustees that is in tune with your overall moral mission. Prospective students can learn a lot about an organization by looking at it’s board of trustees. It is our belief that a board of trustees brings a level of legitimacy to the goals a school is working toward.
Holberton School is a two-year program made up of three different parts: 9 months of intense training on software engineering fundamentals, a 6-month internship, and 9 months of on-site or remote study in a specialization of your choice. Learn more about Holberton School? Plus, read what alumni have to say on Switchup.
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