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 

Expertise

Michael is completing his 20th year as a Consultant for ISM. A charter member of the ISM Advancement Academy and long-time member of the ISM Summer Institute faculty, Michael performs assessments in the areas of development, marketing, and enrollment.

Current Role

Michael advises Boards on strategic planning, financial planning, Board operations, governance, and development. He has worked extensively with schools on creating meaningful identity and vision statements that inform planning, enrollment management, and development.

Michael’s expertise is in building comprehensive advancement programs from the ground up that are characterized by solid operations initiatives. He has authored and co-authored articles for ISM publications and has presented at CASE-NAIS, APC, ISAS, NAIS, and NAES.

Prior Experience

Before joining ISM full time, Michael served for 30 years in independent school advancement. He was the Assistant Headmaster for Development at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee. He has also acted 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.

Education

He has a master’s degree in music from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in music from Cornell College, both in Iowa.