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The Speakers:

Patrick F. Bassett

Pat BassettPatrick F. Bassett became the president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS www.nais.org) in August 2001. NAIS, a membership organization for more than 1,800 independent (private) schools and associations of schools in the U.S. and abroad, is the "national voice for independent schools and the center for collective action on their behalf."

Bassett began his career in independent schools in 1970 at Woodberry Forrest School (VA), an all boys boarding school. In 1980, he became headmaster of an all girls school, Stuart Hall (VA), where he remained until 1989, when he was appointed head of school at Pomfret School (CT). From 1993-2001, Bassett was the president of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). He is an adjunct faculty member of Teachers College, Columbia University.

Bassett has served on the board as a trustee of NAIS (1985-1989), The Multicultural Alliance (1994-2000),The Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE - since 1996), The Council for American Private Education (CAPE - since 2001), and Williams College (MA -- since 2010).

Distinctions: Kellogg National Leadership Fellow in 1986; Educational Leadership Award in 2000 by The Klingenstein Center of Teachers College (Columbia University); and global leadership awards from both The European Council for International Schools (ECIS - 2009) and from the Near East South Asia Council (NESA - 2010).

He is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Williams College ('70), and holds a master's degree in film studies from Northwestern University ('73).