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David Faunce ('94)


David Faunce ('94)

1. Basic Information:

Name: David Faunce
Title: Senior Managing Partner
Organization: Acadia NorthStar, LLC
City: Raleigh State: NC Country: U.S.A.

2. Educational Record:

At Marietta College:
Graduation Year: 1994
Major(s): Accounting
Minor(s): Religion
Certificate(s): McDonough Leadership Scholar

Degrees after Marietta College:
Area of Study: Master’s Degree – Business Administration
College/University: Gardner-Webb University
Graduation Year: 2006

3. Describe your organization and what you do in this organization (job responsibilities, recent projects, work environment).

Acadia NorthStar is a specialty accounting and consulting firm that works exclusively with charter schools. Our practice provides a broad spectrum of accounting, compliance and reporting functions for approximately 100 North Carolina charter school systems, representing nearly 35,000 students, 58,000 parents, 4,100 faculty and staff and approximately $250M in annual funding. Charter schools are public schools that are managed by private, not-for-profit corporations offering parents an educational choice for their child(ren).

My work at Acadia NorthStar primarily involves the oversight of contract negotiations, legal and regulatory compliance, public financing, bonds and capital market matters, and employment and labor issues.

4. Briefly discuss how "leadership" plays a role in your professional field.

Leadership is a cornerstone of the charter school movement, and effective leadership is the key to its perpetuation. Since the inception of public charter schools in 1994, the school choice movement has faced resistance from the public education establishment, particularly national and state education labor unions. Effective leadership within the movement and within each school has made it possible for charter schools to quantitatively and qualitatively justify the importance of competition within the public education field and to provide the data to support it. Moreover, since charter schools are typically small, community-oriented schools, proficient leadership at the local level is a critical component of empowering those within the community to advocate for and support local school choice. When one considers that the choices of today’s education leaders shape the lives and futures of children, it’s easy to understand the significance of leadership in this particular field.

5. Briefly discuss how the McDonough Leadership Program prepared you for this professional field and leadership challenges.

When challenges present themselves, I frequently find myself gleaning guidance from the academic works of authors such as James MacGregor Burns (Leadership, 1982), Warren Bennis (On Becoming a Leader, 2003 Rev.), John Gardner (On Leadership, 1993) and especially Robert Greenleaf (Servant Leadership, 1977). The McDonough Leadership Program instilled in me a profound respect for and reliance upon these and other scholars who built the empirical bedrock upon which the concept of modern-day leadership rests. Although one must concede that some leaders are born, studying the research of these authors makes a stronger case that the greater number of leaders are actually made. Those who read closely will also discover that the early leadership scholars have given us a roadmap to becoming more effective leaders within our workplace, our professional fields, our communities and our families.

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