One of my best friends parents will be a trustee at a GLADCHEMMS school next year. My assumption was that trustees were all alums of the school, however, his dad is not an alum (albeit he would be considered notable due to his work in business/finance). Ultimately, this led me to start wondering what exactly the requirements are for trustees at different private schools and boarding schools and how exactly schools select who becomes a trustee on the board. Is it mostly mega donors to the school? alumni? or is it just parents who were extremely active on behalf of the school?
Another question I was wondering is what is it that trustees actually do during meetings. While I am pretty curious about this, I’ve begun to realize that schools seem to work very hard to keep this information private and away from the student and parent body’s, but as incoming/current students and parents I was really hoping that we could get more information on how the people who “run the school” actually got there and what their duties actually entail.