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Finance Primer for English Majors

Finance Primer for English Majors

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)


Event Details

For those of you who went into teaching for something other than to run a complex business, we have a session that will simplify the major components of independent school finance. You don’t have to know everything, but you need to know enough to ask the right questions and recognize when you need help. We will cover checks and balances and internal controls, budgeting basics, reading the standard audit reports, and reading the tax filing. We won’t cover rate swaps, debt financing, or depreciation – unless you ask us to.


Damian KavanaghDamian Kavanagh
President & CEO, MISBO

Since July 2017, Damian Kavanagh has served as president of MISBO. Damian has over 20 years of independent school industry experience. Prior to MISBO, Damian spent seven years as a vice president with SAIS where he oversaw the accreditation and membership programs of the association. Prior to joining SAIS, he spent 15 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator at The Westminster Schools of Atlanta, GA. From there, he served as head of school of Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, SC. Damian earned both his B.A. and M.A. in Latin literature from the University of Georgia, a specialist degree, a Ed.D. from Kennesaw State University, and the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives.

Dave MichelmanDave Michelman
Consultant, Michelman Consulting

As a school leader and innovator, Dave Michelman  understands both the importance of teamwork and how to create structures to allow excellent team work to thrive. Dave led independent schools education for 35 years. He headed two schools, most recently Duke School, which he led for 14 years. He was both a lower and middle school division director for 10 years prior to becoming a head. He served on SAIS’ board as well as AIMS’ accreditation committee. Dave has been the chair of two nonprofit boards and currently serves on MISBO’s board.