In past newsletters I have written about the recent advancements in facilities at Pennington. Also, I have highlighted exciting curriculum initiatives such as the Global Studies Certificate and the Applied Sciences Certificate programs, as well as the use of alumni speakers to better inform students about career choices after college.Director of Admission Sharon Jarboe and her staff have instituted innovative programs and policies, resulting in attracting a large pool of well qualified applicants. More applicants led to matriculating a diverse and capable group of new students on the campus this past fall.
However, the success of any organization is dependent on its leadership. Pennington’s Board of Trustees are ultimately responsible for the management and general guidance of the School. In conjunction with the Headmaster and other members of the administration, they set policy and are responsible for the School’s fiscal health. As president of the Pennington Alumni Association, I have the privilege of serving as a member of the School’s Board of Trustees, and I can report that the board is composed of dedicated and very well qualified individuals. The men and women on the board include lawyers, finance professionals, business executives, educators, and clergy. Pennington’s Parents Association also has a representative on the board.
Currently the board consists of 28 active trustees and one trustee emeritus. Pennington’s By-Laws require that at least four of the trustees shall be ordained members of the United Methodist Church. The Headmaster is an ex officio member and serves as an officer of the board.
The board is led by a very capable and committed chair, Peter Tucci ’79. Peter is devoted to Pennington, and his enthusiasm and wise decision making make him a very strong board chair. Pennington is very fortunate to have Peter guiding the board’s deliberations.
The Board of Trustees get regular reports about the interests, priorities, and programs of the Alumni Association. Over the past year there have been numerous discussions at board meetings about increasing the percentage of alumni/ae supporting the annual Pennington Fund, planned-giving outreach, class gifts initiatives, and the importance of alumni donations to the successful completion of the ongoing capital campaign. In addition, the trustees review candidates and select the recipient of the annual Tower Award.
Providing the leadership for a thriving independent school, with all its complexities, is certainly a challenging assignment. Headmaster Bill Hawkeyis a skillful, caring, and effective leader. Combining his leadership with the support and guidance of the Trustees, The Pennington School is extremely well governed.