Michael Christopher, IAP-L

Michael Christopher | ISM Advancement Consultant | Assistant Headmaster for Development at Lausanne Collegiate School | Bio
Michael Christopher | ISM Advancement Consultant | Assistant Headmaster for Development at Lausanne Collegiate School | Bio | Mobile

ISM Consultant 

Michael joined ISM as an Adjunct Consultant in 2002 and became a full-time Consultant in 2020, after serving for 30 years in independent school advancement and 15 years in advancement at the college level. A charter member of the ISM Advancement Academy and long-time member of the ISM Summer Institute faculty, Michael specializes in strategic planning, Board operations, development, and enrollment management. 

He has counseled Boards on all aspects of school management. Michael has also worked extensively with schools on creating meaningful identity and vision statements that inform planning, enrollment management, and development.

Michael’s expertise includes developing comprehensive advancement programs that are characterized by strategically focused and outcome-centered operational foundations. He has authored and co-authored articles for ISM publications, and has presented at CASE-NAIS, APC, ISAS, NAIS, and NAES.

Before joining ISM full-time, Michael was the Assistant Headmaster for Development at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee. He also served as the Director of Development at Greensboro Day School, North Carolina, and Director of Development at Holland Hall School, Oklahoma.

In these schools, Michael rebuilt development programs, oversaw the creation of alumni programs, built planned giving offerings, instituted major gift efforts, and executed several capital campaigns. In addition, he oversaw strategic planning in each school.

Before joining the independent school world, Michael spent 15 years as the Associate Dean and Director of Admissions at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, Missouri, building the school's marketing and enrollment management processes from the ground up. He designed curricula, administered financial aid, and oversaw international student enrollment.

Michael has a master’s degree in music from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in music from Cornell College, Iowa. He attained ISM's International Advancement Program—Leader (IAP-L) certification in 2012.