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Stephanie Keaney, MBA


University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Masters of Business Administration
Appalachian State University, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education


Taking long walks with my dog
Leadership development


For more than 25 years, Stephanie Keaney has been involved in K-12 independent school education. She is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she earned her BS in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Stephanie’s proudest accomplishment was planning and executing a robust continuing education program for educators nationwide in response to the changing educational landscape after COVID-19.

Stephanie enjoys spending time with her two adult children and playing golf with her husband when not busy at work. Stephanie Keaney is a highly relational leader committed to empowering those around her. She has held various positions in her career, from classroom teacher to state-level leader. Stephanie has designed and delivered custom retreats, leadership development programs, and conferences for early-career professionals, classroom educators, and established leaders. Stephanie believes that all team members can lead from where they are by fostering an inclusive, purposeful, and process-oriented organizational culture. She is committed to supporting independent school leaders and has presented at conferences nationwide. In addition, she has served in various leadership roles and board positions with nonprofit and community service organizations.

Stephanie Keaney, MBA

Executive Director

North Carolina Association of Independent Schools

leadership development, pedagogy, nonprofit board governance, K-12 education, independent schools