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Old Trail head selected as chair of ISACS board

8/7/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

John Farber
BATH — Old Trail School Head of School John Farber has been elected to serve as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) for a two-year position that began July 1.

ISACS is a membership organization of more than 230 independent schools from 13 states of the Midwest region, according to its website, www.isacs.org. The organization provides a rigorous accreditation process, targeted professional development programs and focused support services, according to the site. ISACS promotes the development of strong learning communities characterized by high achievements, social responsibility and independence of governance, programs and policies. The 21-member Board of Trustees is the governing body of the organization.

Farber, a resident of Bath, has been a member of the ISACS Board for nine years and has been the head of school at Old Trail School since 2000, according to school officials. He said he was selected by the ISACS membership for the chair position after having served two years as vice chair of the board.

“It is a great honor to serve in this position,” said Farber. “It is important for the school because it is our accrediting body. I was selected by my peers, and I am looking forward to working with this great group of people.”

Farber said as chair of the board, he will be working with the organization’s new president, Claudia Daggett, a former head of school now living in Chicago, which is where the ISACS office is located. He said they will work to maintain the best practices of the accreditation process of independent schools, as well as board governance, and also to continue to provide professional development opportunities for the ISACS membership.

In addition, he said he will work with Daggett to develop a strategic plan for the organization, which he said will set out the work agenda for the board. The full board meets twice a year, and its executive members meet four times a year. Farber said he will have monthly telephone conversations with Daggett and other board members in addition to those meetings.

According to school officials, prior to his position at Old Trail School, Farber served as headmaster of South Kent School in Connecticut, director of admission and financial aid at Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts, director of development and admission at Darrow School in New York, and director of athletics and assistant director of admission at Landmark College in Vermont.

Farber has a master of education degree in guidance and counseling from Antioch University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Trinity University, according to school officials.

He is a past president of the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools and serves on the board at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

For more information on the school, visit www.oldtrail.org.

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