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Welcome to our "Perspectives" column, a chance to hear from Nueva's leaders. In this first installment, we meet Bruce Cozadd, Chair of Nueva’s Board of Trustees. Learn about him, Nueva’s Board Committees and Task Forces, and how you can get involved.

Bruce Cozadd serves as the Chair of Nueva's Board of Trustees. Having joined the Board in 2003, Bruce has been a parent of a Nueva student in the community since 2000.

1. You have been a committed volunteer since joining Nueva. Why?

I have been involved at Nueva from the beginning, as an event volunteer, classroom parent, NPA executive committee member, etc. I was inspired to deepen my involvement after participating in a strategic planning charrette where I saw the opportunity to expand Nueva’s impact on gifted education both on our campus and more broadly. I joined the Board in 2003 and served for many years as Chair of the Finance Committee and Treasurer. I’ve also served on the Endowment Committee and the Committee on Trustees for many years. I stepped up to be Co-Chair of the Board, and then Chair of the Board to continue the work started by many strong leaders who preceded me, including Noel Perry, Susan Barnes, and Dennis Wong.

In every interaction I have with Nueva, I continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm, creativity, kindness, and drive of our students, and by the talented and dedicated teachers at Nueva. I know our teachers inspire our students, and it’s also true that our students inspire our teachers.

The daily passion for learning at Nueva’s core is supported by an administrative team and parent community that are like no other. I speak for myself and my fellow board members when I say that the dedication, kindness, and commitments we witness in our community inspire us in our work.

2. What can you tell us about Nueva Board of Trustees?

Nueva’s Board of Trustees consists of current parents, alumni parents, alumni, and educators. With the exception of several ex officio members (Diane Rosenberg, Terry Lee, and the NPA co-presidents), trustees serve three-year terms and can be appointed to additional terms. The Board meets seven times a year, but much of our work happens in committee meetings, with trustees generally serving on several committees and/or task forces. Board committees include Advancement, Buildings and Grounds, Capital Campaign, Committee on Trustees, Endowment, Finance, and Marketing.

Task forces are set up to tackle specific projects, but are not intended to be permanent committees. Membership on task forces often includes trustees, parents, faculty, and sometimes students. Current task forces include Arts, Bridge Experience, College, Environmental, Global, Internship, Nutrition, and Strategic Plan Oversight.

The energy and creativity of our board, committees, and task forces is quite remarkable. I guess our children are not the only ones who “learn by doing!”

3. What are the priorities of the Board right now?

Nueva’s history is an amazing story of focus and pursuit of excellence, and we are lucky to be at this school at this moment in time. At the same time, we have much work ahead of us to continue to provide the best possible education to gifted learners, to continue to attract and retain inspiring faculty, and to ensure our facilities allow us to realize the potential of our programs.

Right now the Board is working hard to ensure we achieve the objectives set out in our most recent Strategic Plan (2017–2022). A busy summer of facilities projects is underway, and we recently announced the Realize the Potential Capital Campaign, which will officially launch in the fall of 2018. Please read more in this Nueva Digest article.

4. What do you want the Nueva community to know?

Over the coming months, this new Perspectives column will introduce you to the work being done by Board committees and task forces, share highlights from division heads, and give you insight into the Nueva Parent Association. If you want to know more, I invite you to email a chairperson or faculty member; we want to hear from you.

I want every person in the Nueva community to know that your involvement in the school can make a tremendous difference for current students and students for generations to come — please consider being involved as a volunteer, a member of a task force, and/or as a donor! No contribution is too small, each one is valued and appreciated.

I also encourage you to share feedback with the school on a regular basis. Just as most of you appreciate feedback on your students periodically, faculty and staff appreciate feedback too. Constructive feedback allows us to make progress, and positive feedback means so much to the many, many members of the Nueva team who work so hard to give our children an amazing experience.

5. Lastly, in Nueva’s environment of learning and gratitude, would you share those facets of yourself?

I’m passionate about healthcare, the arts, and education, and I seek to balance my life through my participation in each one. I’m pursuing the first through the company I co-founded 15 years ago, Jazz Pharmaceuticals. I’m deeply connected to the arts through my involvement with SFJAZZ, and through my piano playing and singing. I hope my continued commitment to Nueva as trustee, parent, and fellow community member makes a difference in the education world.

I’m grateful for the founding vision of this school more than 50 years ago, for the inspirational leadership of our head of school, Diane Rosenberg, over the past 17 years, for the dedication of our trustees and parent volunteers, and for the efforts and energy of our faculty and staff who bring the school to life every day!

For more about Bruce, please enjoy his biography below. He can be reached via email.

 

Bruce Cozadd, Chair, Nueva Board of Trustees
Biography

Bruce Cozadd co-founded Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in 2003 and has served as Chairman since 2003 and Chief Executive Officer since 2009. From 1991 until 2001, he held various positions with ALZA Corporation, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Bruce serves on the boards of two nonprofit organizations, the Nueva School, where he is the Chair of the Board of Trustees, and SFJAZZ. He received a BS in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and economics from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he graduated first in his class. Bruce and his wife Hala have two children at Nueva now — Meg in tenth grade and Julian in sixth grade. His oldest daughter, Nora, spent seven years at Nueva and now lives in Portland, and his son Will graduated from Nueva as part of the founding Upper School Class of 2017 and now attends Williams College.


By Dianne Willoughby, Editorial Manager

March 14, 2018

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