Board of Trustees

The Friends School of Wilmington Board of Trustees is charged with safeguarding the school’s mission and securing its future.

The Board does so by:
• Setting school policies
• Hiring, evaluating, and supporting the Head of School
• Undertaking strategic planning
• Leading in financial support of the school.

The Board entrusts daily operations to the Head of School, who supervises all programs and personnel and is the arbiter of any disputes that may arise, including those involving parent issues or student disciplinary actions. The Board of Trustees does not sit in review of administrative decisions.

Board members serve on the following Board Committees: Development, Diversity, Facilities Enhancement, Finance, and Governance. Committees include school and community members who are not trustees.

Board meetings are conducted in the style of a Friends Meeting for Business. In this process each member may speak to a particular issue. Decisions are made not by majority vote, but by reaching a “sense of the meeting” through open discussions and intentional listening. Reaching unity does not necessarily mean unanimity, but it does mean that each voice is heard, and that all present accept responsibility for the decision.

Joe Finley
Beth Jaskolka
Jonathan Clay
Asa Janney
Doug Jennings
Ayize Glenn Gray
Cannon Morgan
Yasmin Tomkinson

Brenda Esch, Head of School, Ex Officio