Guided by best practice standards of our accrediting bodies, NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) and NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools), the UCDS Board works as a strategic-planning and policy-setting group for the school.
Election to the UCDS Board of Trustees carries with it a responsibility of stewardship. By definition, Trustees are the custodians of the school’s integrity and fiduciary responsibilities. They hold in trust the school’s reputation as created by its founders, and as developed by those who have previously shaped the school. Current Trustees accept the obligation to preserve and evolve this institution.
Trustees are called upon to contribute their time, thought, and energy, as well as financial resources to support the viability and growth of the school.
Current Board of Trustees
Chair: Will Kiefer
Co-Vice Chair: Katie Jordan
Co-Vice Chair: Howard Burton
Secretary: David Brannon-Cirone
Treasurer: Greg Headrick
Alexis Rubenstein (ex-officio)
Jen Vary (ex-officio)
Every 5 years, the UCDS Board goes through the process of creating a new strategic plan for the school. This is a living document that is consistently reviewed and used to guide the school’s educational and financial decisions. The current plan was drafted in 2020 and had three areas of focus:
- We will initiate a Capital Campaign to purchase our current leased space, acquire surrounding properties, and build a transformative campus that amplifies our curricular leadership, promotes love of learning and innovation, and bolsters the UCDS culture.
- We will elevate our programs with heightened attention to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and community/classroom representation. We will drive a culture of discourse, change, and innovation.
- We will actively address the mounting issues of affordability, longevity, and access. This will include deep dives on tuition, non-tuition revenue, and tuition assistance.
To learn more about the details associated with each area of focus, click the link below and see the 2020 strategic plan document.