Focusing on the Campaign for Brooks

On Friday, October 16, alumni, parents and friends spent the day on campus learning about school needs and goals for The Campaign for Brooks.

The Summit opened with remarks from both Nick Booth ’67, P’05, president of the board of trustees, and John Packard, head of school.

Packard described the day’s events as the culmination of an intensive process of defining the school’s vision for the future. He hoped that the Summit would allow the school to fully articulate why these specific goals are a priority and to underline the urgency of these projects.

“I feel inspired to be part of a school that has meant so much to so many generations,” Packard said. “I want to ensure that we can continue to be exceptional, and in more robust ways, for future generations.”

The first presentation of the day outlined how strengthening the financial aid endowment would in turn strengthen the school. The presentation was led by Jim Hamilton, associate head for external affairs; Bini Egertson, director of admission and financial aid; John McVeigh, associate director of admission; and Paul Griffin, chief financial officer.

Hamilton first outlined how greater investment in financial aid will allow the school to increase cultural, socioeconomic and geographic diversity. He further noted that by broadening the range of backgrounds and perspectives represented in the student body, the school will be able to provide a more meaningful educational experience to all of its students. Support for financial aid, Hamilton said, is therefore a critical part of fulfilling the school’s mission.