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Finis Engleman Award

Finis EnglemanDr. Finis Engleman was an educator of international stature and a Founding Father of NESA. In recognition of the late Dr. Engleman’s unparalleled service to international education, the NESA Board of Directors bestows its Finis Engleman Award on an educator whose “outstanding dedication and service to schools in the NESA region reflect the meritorious contributions of a man whose memory will always be special in the annals of NESA.” It is the highest honor the organization can give.

This award, named for an outstanding educator and a founding father of NESA, is presented to an individual who has made a significant, long-term contribution to international education.

 The NESA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipient of NESA's "Finis Engleman Award" is SARAH DAIGNAULT, founding Executive Director of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) and an instructor at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City.

In receiving this award, Sarah joins the ranks of other illustrious educators and organizations that have received the Finis Engleman Award and brings honor to herself, to NESA and to international educators everywhere.

NESA’s Finis Engleman Award was bestowed upon Sarah Daignault at the October 2014 Fall Leadership Conference in Istanbul.

SARAH DAIGNAULT is an instructor at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She teaches Master’s candidates about independent school finance and also has a consulting practice working with schools and associations in the areas of operations, finance and governance. Sarah spent 12 years as the founding Executive Director of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) which is dedicated to serving independent school business officers by providing professional development and information on independent school finance and operations. Prior to founding NBOA, she was the Business Officer at Friends School of Baltimore and at Bryn Mawr School for Girls. In addition to her experience in school finance and operations, she has extensive school board governance experience. During her 19-year tenure on the Board of Directors of the Madeira School in Virginia, Sarah was the President of the Board for eight years. She also chaired Madeira's capital campaign and the head search process. She currently serves on the boards of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) and the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP). She has also served on the board of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Her service to NESA has included being the presenter at the business officers strand at the Fall Leadership Conference for the past ten years; doing organizational audits for NESA; and consulting with individual member schools. In the wider sphere of international education, she has also presented at other regional conferences and served as a consultant to a number of international schools.  

NESA is proud to present this award to Sarah Daignault in recognition of her long and outstanding service to the NESA organization, to individual schools and to independent education worldwide.



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