Michael Christopher, IAP-L
ISM Advancement Consultant | Assistant Headmaster for Development at Lausanne Collegiate School
Michael shares his expertise in building comprehensive development programs from the ground up. He believes a successful development program has solid operations, strong annual funds, proactive constituent cultivation, and robust communication and marketing programs.
As a member of ISM’s Advancement Team, Michael:
- Serves on the ISM Advancement Academy faculty
- Acts as a member of the ISM Summer Institute faculty
- Authors and co-authors articles for ISM publications, including Ideas & Perspectives
- Presents national education conferences, including CASE-NAIS, APC, ISAS, NAIS, and NAES
- Assists schools with development, planning, governance, and school identity as an ISM Consultant
He holds the Leader Certification through ISM’s International Advancement Program (IAP−L) .
Michael also serves as the Assistant Headmaster for Development at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, a PK–12 International Baccalaureate World School of 860 students.
At Lausanne, Michael has rebuilt the development program, overseen development of alumni programs, built planned giving offerings, instituted a major gifts effort, and run two capital campaigns. In doing so, he restructured the staff, developed the case for an annual fund that does not support the operating fund, created a culture of philanthropy within a highly diverse community, and supported the Board with three major strategic planning efforts.
Michael oversaw the incorporation and serves on the Board of Lausanne Learning, Inc., a non-profit educational services organization that supports the financial aid programs at Lausanne Collegiate School.
Previously, Michael was Director of Development at Greensboro Day School and Holland Hall School in Tulsa, OK. He started his career in school advancement at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, where he was Associate Dean for 15 years.
He has a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in music from Cornell College (IA).