In 2019, Concord Academy’s Board of Trustees voted to make Kim Williams P’08 ’14 a life trustee. She joined a select group of only five others — John E. Abele P’86 ’87 ’90, GP’18 ’19; Kathleen “Kitty” Fisk Ames ’65, P’95; Marion Freeman ’69; John Moriarty, P’02 ’05 ’07; and Linden Havemeyer Wise ’70 — who have had an exceptional, lasting influence on the school in being given this distinction.
After joining CA’s board in fall 2009, Williams served as its president from 2013 to 2018. Her five years in that role will be remembered, Head of School Rick Hardy said in a speech in October honoring her, as “a time of extraordinary progress for the school, a time when CA challenged itself to reach higher, and never to be complacent about its progress.”
Current Board of Trustees President Fay Shutzer ’65 celebrated Williams for the “remarkable and unprecedented” momentum she generated for CA. Not only did Williams preside over the completion of the CA Labs science center, but she also championed the CA Houses initiative, whose culmination in the dedication of the William M. Bailey Commons was being celebrated.
Kim Williams P’08 ’14, life trustee, speaking about the Bailey Commons at the CA Houses Unlocked celebration on October 4.
Having spent the majority of her professional career in investment management and retired in 2005 as senior vice-president and partner of Boston-based Wellington Management, Williams remains a vocal advocate for women in business. In April 2018, Williams delivered that year’s Davidson Lecture at Concord Academy on that topic.
Williams lives in Newbury, Mass., with her husband, Trevor Miller. They are the proud parents of Alexander ’08, Ben ’14, and Rebecca ’14.
We are excited to announce the hiring of Grant Hightower as CA’s new director of community and equity as of July 1, 2021. Grant comes to us as a seasoned diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) activist, practitioner, and consultant. Most recently, Grant has served as the director of METCO programs at the Reading Public School District. As the director of community and equity at CA, Grant will report to and work closely with the dean of academic program and equity, assisting our community in realizing a central tenet of the school’s mission, “striving for equity.”
CA Celebrates Black History Month with Assembly Focused on Civil and Human Rights, Past, Present, and Future
On February 24, Concord Academy welcomed representatives from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to speak with students about their work advocating and organizing for democracy, justice, inclusion, and opportunity for all people in the United States. The event took place thanks to the coordinated efforts of 9th grade class student leaders, who modeled coalition building in initiating this all-school assembly, coordinating with affinity groups and the Community and Equity Office to create and host this opportunity for school-wide learning and reflection. Affinity groups have also been engaging the CA community in Black History Month initiatives throughout the month.
CA’s 2021 Centennial Hall Fellow, entrepreneur, author, and public speaker Mallika Chopra ’89, spoke about her personal journey and her experience teaching meditation and speaking about living with intention, balance, and purpose. As part of the Centennial Hall Fellow series, she shared a brief meditative practice — a simple yet powerful tool for charting a course according to our deepest desires and values.