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Thom Greenlaw

Finance Associate

Thom has served over twenty years in varying senior roles in independent schools, and joins Connor Associates as its primary expert on finance and financial modeling. 

Greenlaw served for thirteen years as Assistant Head for Operations/ CFO at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA. Prior to his employment at BB&N, he served as Business Manager at the Dana Hall School for 6 years and was a hospital administrator for twenty years.

Thom currently serves as President of Independent School Compensation Corporation (ISCC) a self-insured group serving 170 non-for profit independent schools, colleges and cultural institutions. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Western New England College, and has been a member of the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP) Board of Directors since 2014.

He is a frequent speaker at National and International Conferences and is the author of numerous journal articles as well as the Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Sustainability Model, which is in use at over 300 Boarding Schools in the US and abroad.

He recently authored a companion Day School Sustainability Model for the National Business Officers Association, which serves 1,000 member schools. Thom’s most recent accomplishment was his co-authorship of a chapter on Financial Sustainability in NBOA’s newest reference book, By the Numbers, and Beyond

After serving not for profit organizations for over 40 years Thom founded Creative Independents (CI)  in 2007. CI serves not-for-profit schools, colleges and other educational focused institutions finding creative solutions to strategic issues facing these organizations.  His expertise also extends to administrative searches.