Emma Hart-Willard was a pioneer in empowering and educating young women, and this historic fundraising campaign aims to honor and extend her legacy. Emboldened by the spirit of its founder, the school has made it its mission to provide its students with an unparalleled education and endless opportunities. This quest resulted in infinite horizon. The campaign, guided by the school’s “Leading with Purpose” strategic plan, will enable Emma Willard School to strengthen its commitment to academic excellence, ensure access to all deserving students, attract and to retain a talented and diverse faculty, preserve its iconic campus, and elevate arts education and facilities to meet the needs of a vibrant and creative student body.

“Together we are building a new legacy that speaks to our commitment to the extraordinary,” said the school principal jenny rao. “Infinite Horizon: The Emma Willard School Campaign will continue the bold vision of our founder. In the spirit of Emma Hart-Willardwe move forward without fear, guiding our students with intelligence and integrity, with compassion and tenacity, with enthusiasm and enthusiasm for all that we have achieved and for all that is yet to come.

The campaign was started by alumnus, Alice Dodge Wallace ’38, with a $30 million principal gift for the construction of the Alice Dodge Wallace ’38 Center for the Performing Arts on the Emma Willard School campus. The daughter of educators, Mrs. Wallace (1920-2020) demonstrated a lifelong dedication to education and teachers, providing institutions that had touched her life and enriched the lives of others. Alice was a trustee from 1988 to 1990, a trustee from 1990 to 2005 and an honorary trustee from 2005 until her death.

“We are touched by this breathtaking act of generosity,” adds school director Rao. “I had the honor of spending time with Alice and her family and was truly moved by her grace, her wise perspective and her love for the Emma Willard School. Over the years, the gratitude of Alice for her Emma Willard education was evident in the wonderful way she helped strengthen – and, with this gift, continues to strengthen – our entire community. »

Infinite Horizon: The Emma Willard School Campaign will be guided by a campaign steering committee made up of administrators, alumni, parents, faculty representatives and current staff. This committee will be co-chaired by Linda GillAnderson ’77 and Wendy Graham ’85, both current board members.

The campaign announcement was made today at a school celebration on campus where faculty and students learned about this bold effort to invest in the community. Cemented in the vision created by the school’s strategic plan adopted in 2021, Infinite Horizon: The Emma Willard School Campaign has six key funding priorities: academic excellence, affordability and access, promotion of the arts, campus and facilities, community building, and the Emma Fund for annual giving.

“There is an urgent need in our community to deal with the complexities and challenges of our time,” said Lisa Allen LeFort ’72, chairman of the board. “Through this campaign, we will build on our history and redefine the legacies that will serve us well into the next century.”

For more information on Infinite Horizon: The Emma Willard School Campaign please visit: InfinityHorizon.org

To support the campaign, contact: Anne Dejnozkaadvancement officer, 518-883-1799

For media inquiries, contact: Luke Meyerscommunications manager, 518-833-1785

About Emma Willard School
Founded by Emma Hart-Willard in 1814, at a time when girls had no opportunities or access to education, her namesake school was established to foster in each student a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and character , moral strength and leadership qualities to serve and shape the world. Emma Willard School is located at Troy, NY, providing independent boarding and day schooling to nearly 360 students in grades 9-12. For more school and admissions information, please visit: emmawardl.org/admissions

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