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We write to share wonderful news that the Board of Trustees has unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed Phillips Academy’s new Strategic Plan, Connecting Our Strengths: The Andover Endeavor.

2014 Plan Goes Live

Dear alumni, parents, and friends:

We write to share wonderful news that the Board of Trustees has unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed Phillips Academy’s new Strategic Plan, Connecting Our Strengths: The Andover Endeavor. Engaging in discussion prior to their vote on September 26, trustees were inspired by the plan’s substance and its expression of a shared vision for the future of the Academy. They also were excited to know of the community’s widespread investment in the planning process. Participation by those on and off campus came in a variety of forms over more than a year: via e-mail and survey data, white papers and focus groups, a Philo forum, and many other means. To each person who engaged in this process, please know how deeply grateful we are for your support.

We extend special thanks to Rachel Skiffer for her leadership as dean of policy and strategic planning. Mike Barker, director of institutional research, lent crucial support in terms of data gathering and analysis. And we especially thank each member of the Task Force, led with real grace by cochairs Trustee Robert Campbell ’66 and Instructor in Classics Catherine Carter:

Trustees—Christopher Auguste ’76, Louis Elson ’80, Corinne Field ’83
Faculty—Stephanie Curci, Jeffrey Domina, Lisa Joel, Christopher Jones
Administrators and Staff—Mike Barker, Patrick Farrell, Nancy Jeton, Rachel Skiffer, Chand Sripad, Tracy Sweet

Connecting Our Strengths: The Andover Endeavor asks us to create a richer intellectual and developmental experience for all students, and, ultimately, prepare them for leadership and service in a world radically different from what any previous generation has encountered. An excerpt from the plan’s introduction sets the framework for our approach:

“We will ensure that each of our students appreciates the advantages of living and learning among peers with various perspectives. We will forge new understanding beyond the traditional boundaries of the Academy. We will recognize that non sibi calls for civic engagement, self-awareness, and prudent use of resources. We will define and model sustainable excellence born of curiosity and discernment.”

To read the full plan, please go to SP2014.andover.edu. We are incredibly excited by the possibilities before us and are eager to begin the collaborative work of implementation in the months and years ahead.

Sincerely,

Peter Currie ’74, President, Board of Trustees
John Palfrey, Head of School

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