Talented leaders are often promoted into administrative roles with loads of new responsibility and little opportunity to develop the skills needed to lead effectively. 


Join TABS faculty for this special institute for new boarding school administrators, where you’ll build a cohort of colleagues beginning their administrative journeys alongside you in the unique setting of a boarding school, where you likely live alongside your team. 


With seasoned TABS leaders, you’ll delve into essential leadership skills including leading with emotional intelligence, delegating effectively, providing and gathering feedback, developing strategy, and managing your reports, collaborating colleagues, and supervisors.


Monday–Tuesday, July 22–23


Boston University


New administrators, regardless of role and years of experience.


Identify and employ leadership frameworks for crafting vision, building alignment and designing an effective implementation strategy in support of your school’s strategic vision.

Explore strategies for “managing up, down, and across” as you collaborate with your own supervisor, your colleagues in other departments, and the team members you lead.

Develop strategies for day-to-day leadership of your team, including setting clear expectations, gathering and providing feedback, and motivating to surpass your goals.

Build your network of fellow new administrators so that you can continue to brainstorm, share resources, and find and offer support well beyond the institute.

Learn techniques for handling challenging conversations with confidence and high emotional intelligence, whether they be focused on gathering and providing feedback to team members and students or navigating tough situations with parents.



Assistant Head of School, History Teacher, Skiing and Crew Coach, Taft School CT

Jeremy has an extensive background in the boarding school environment, having been a student, teacher, and administrator. After graduating from Berkshire School, Jeremy went to Bowdoin College to receive a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in economics. He received his master’s degree in educational administration from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Jeremy is also the executive director at the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute at Fountain Valley School. Prior to Taft, Jeremy was acting assistant head of school for strategic initiatives at Cheshire Academy, the head of school at Kents Hill School, and the head of senior school at Shady Side Academy. He was also the dean of students at Fountain Valley School.

Throughout his time as an administrator, Jeremy also taught various classes in history, including World Cultures, Social Theory and Global Impact, European, U.S., and Ancient and Medieval History. He has been an advisor, dormitory head, alpine skiing coach, crew coach, and outdoor instructor. Jeremy has been a speaker at numerous conferences of the National Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Boarding Schools. At Taft, Jeremy now serves as the assistant head of school, teaches history, coaches skiing, and lives on Academy Hill with his wife, Diana, and their three children.


Medical Director, Phillips Academy MA

Dr. Patel is a physician and professional coach board-certified in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Lifestyle Medicine. She completed her residencies in these programs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Patel earned a BS in Biology and Community Health from Tufts University, and her MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. As a certified coach, she focuses on helping people develop and optimize wellness, leadership, and life skills. Her professional interests are rooted in the belief that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare and evidence-based inclusive health education.  


Dr. Patel is also a member of the Sports Medicine Advisory Council for the New England Prep School Athletic Council and a member of the Association of Independent Schools of New England health and wellness annual conference planning committee. She has presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics such as health and wellness, leadership, and social determinants of health and health disparities. She has conducted school health and health center assessments, and helped schools develop their pandemic response plan.


Dr. Patel is currently the dean of health and wellness and chief medical officer at Phillips Academy. She teaches in the Empathy, Balance, and Inclusion course and guest teaches in physical education and biology on health topics including sexuality and substance use. She also serves as an academic advisor and supports student-led health initiatives as a faculty advisor to several student clubs. She consults across campus on a wide variety of health issues on individual and policy levels. In addition, she is a member of several committees that work to support students, and is also advisor to several student clubs committed to student health and wellness.

In her spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys practicing what she teaches, spending time with family and friends, and traveling throughout the world. She lives on the Andover campus with her husband and two children.

Schedule Overview






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Afternoon Sessions


Welcome Reception




Morning Sessions




Afternoon Sessions


Wrap Up

Schedule Subject to Change