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How Brewster Academy's Board and School Leadership Launched a Global Network

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Discover the strategic blueprint behind Brewster Academy's global expansion into Spain.

Learn how innovative financial planning, team collaboration, and leadership continuity can transform the independent school business model for long-term sustainability.

This course is essential for school leaders who are committed to fostering a culture of excellence and sustainability in their institutions.

Navigating Financial Sustainability in Independent Schools: A New Approach

Join Our Free Course: "How Brewster Academy's Board and School Leadership Launched a Global Network."

Why should you enroll? Here's a sneak peek:

  • Strategic Transformation Framework: Utilizing leadership continuity, team cohesion, and risk willingness to guide global expansion and reform the business model.

  • Financial Strategy and Control: Maintaining operational control with a focus on sustainable revenue from global expansion to support mission-driven goals.

  • Team Collaboration: Emphasizing the importance of strong team dynamics and board collaboration in executing strategic changes.

  • Adaptability and Innovation: Demonstrating adaptability during challenges, like the COVID-19 pandemic, to innovate and improve the business model.

This course isn't just about acquiring knowledge; it's about evaluating opportunities for your school to iterate the business model.

Cost: FREE!

Course Type: On-demand

Course length: 49:58

Includes: Video, transcript, and discussion prompts

Your instructorS

Craig Gemmell, President, Brewster Academy and BA International

Dr. Craig N. Gemmell is President of Brewster and BA International. He began this role on July 1, 2021 after serving as Brewster's Head of School since 2015. As Head of School at Brewster, Gemmell brought focus to Brewster’s mission and vision and seized the opportunity to spotlight the transformative work the school does with students. During his tenure, Brewster launched its most significant campaign, raising record-setting levels of philanthropic support.

As President of Brewster and BA International, LLC, Gemmell is responsible for implementing the Academy’s bold plans to augment its business model. He manages alignment between Brewster Academy and its emerging global network, ensuring fidelity of mission and values, and he acts as an advisor to Brewster's 13th Head of School, Kristy Kerin. Dr. Gemmell is the executive leader of the Academy's expanding network of schools globally—and is also serving as the Founding Head of School of Brewster Madrid, which opened on September 7, 2023.

Kristy Kerin, Head of School, Brewster Academy

On July 1, 2021 Kristy Kerin became Brewster Academy’s 13th Head of School. She is the first woman in the school’s two-century history to hold this position. Kerin joined Brewster in May 2011 as Director of Advancement. In July 2017, she was named an Assistant Head of School, taking on oversight of institutional strategy for the Academy, helping to lead a vanguard approach designed to push leadership deeper into the organization and engage a wide variety of stakeholders in generating new ideas to serve students and extend the influence of the Brewster Model, the school’s unique approach to education. She helped to design and lead two capital campaigns, including “Our Watershed Moment: The Campaign for Brewster,” the Academy’s largest and most successful campaign to-date. Appointed Associate Head of School in 2019, she helped implement an integrated approach to outreach that maximizes the reach of Brewster’s Admissions, Advancement, and Communications efforts. She also served in an executive leadership capacity in the capital-raising phase of the global campus project before her appointment as Head of School.

Roy Ballentine, Board Chair, Brewster Academy

Roy Ballentine and wife Sandy live in Wolfeboro and are Brewster alumni parents to daughter Susan, a 1994 graduate, and son Brian, a 1997 graduate. Prior to becoming board chair in 2015, Roy served as treasurer and chair of the finance and budget committee. Roy is executive chairman of Ballentine Partners LLC, which traces its roots to Ballentine & Co. Inc., which he founded in 1984. Roy is an endowment trustee for the Wolfeboro Area Children's Center, a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NH, and a board member of Families in Transition. Roy recently completed his term as a member of the statewide Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Roy has played an integral role in Brewster’s decision to launch an international branch campus, recognizing the core business model challenge that independent schools face. In addition to his role as Chair of Brewster’s Board of Trustees, Roy is Chair of the Board of Brewster Madrid and a Manager of BA International, LLC.

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