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Board of Trustees Update | June 15, 2022


Dear Burke's Community,

 
It has been an incredible year in so many ways.  Despite a few curveballs presented by COVID, the opening of campus helped reignite the school with the joy and laughter of our daughters and saw the return of many beloved community events. DASH, Festival, the annual Benefit, and the Art Festival are but a few of the many opportunities that helped bring our community back together and served as reminders of why our daughters and our families enjoy our time at Burke’s so much. We also hope they serve as previews to next year when we can begin to experience and define “normal” in our lives again.   
 
We want to offer yet another thank you to everyone involved in creating and launching our new Strategic Plan: Experience. Connection. Growth. It is a tremendous accomplishment to make this happen during the circumstances of the past two years. The display of leadership by Michele, the admin team, and the Strategic Planning Committee in this regard is profound and underlines the importance of moving forward our mission of educating, encouraging, and empowering girls. We are excited to have our first working group focused on creating a Center for Wellness which is linked to the strategic priority of supporting resilient, healthy, and balanced students. This initiative along with other aspects of the strategic plan will be advanced in the months and years ahead. We thank all involved for their continued efforts during what is sure to be a very exciting period for Burke’s.  
 
With the support of our endowment and the success of the Annual Fund, we continue to invest in the classroom and our ability to attract and retain the very best educators.  I hope many of you had a chance to see the presentation on Lower and Upper School math at the April Parents’ Association Meeting. We hope to find many more opportunities to display the amazing work happening across campus with our students and with our faculty. In fact, while the school year has ended for the students, Burke’s faculty, staff, and administration are in a week-long Professional Development Institute to close the school year and make preparations for the fall.
 
The Board, administration, and faculty also continue to focus our resources on building a culture of belonging at Burke’s. The budget includes important funding for expanding work on racial justice, equity, and inclusion in our community and curriculum. We also remain committed to financial assistance with approximately $3 million annually, or 15% of the overall budget, dedicated to making a Burke’s education more accessible.  
 
As the school year comes to an end, we want to take this moment to offer our deep appreciation to the members of the Board of Trustees who concluded their board service this year: Stephanie Bailey, Linda Chong, Jonathan Feldman, Catarina Schwab, and Lisa Harada ’03, Alumnae Board President. Each of these individuals has left an indelible and lasting impact on Burke’s and helped further the school’s ability to fulfill its mission. One of the traditions of the Board of Trustees is to acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of those departing the boardroom at the final meeting of the year. Some of the sentiments shared during that meeting are linked here, we thank each of them for their service to Burke’s.
 
We want to offer advanced gratitude to Vicky Pradhan and James Guiterrez who have renewed their board terms for another three years. Abraham Martinez who was an ex-officio member last year in the role of P.A. President, will be joining as a Trustee and we are also very grateful to Amy Norman, Parents’ Association President, and Darby Gaynor Glickman ’98, Alumnae Board President who will join as ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees next year. 
 
We could not be happier to share with you the newly elected leadership of the Board of Trustees who will be joining us on the Executive Committee in the coming year: Gabe Santos will serve as Treasurer, Clara Abecassis ’92 will serve as our Secretary and they will be joined by at-large members Kimberly Fullerton '77e, Dawn Rosenberg, and Star Moore. Each of these individuals brings immense wisdom, broad professional skills, and a desire to help Burke’s thrive today and into the future. 
 
Finally, we want to share our profound gratitude for the leadership of Michele, the admin team, and the faculty and staff who have helped us navigate the challenges of the past many months.  Thank you too to all the members of our community and especially to our students for their continued resilience in the face of adversity. We can confront any challenge when we work through it together.  We want to wish everyone an enjoyable and relaxing summer - we certainly all deserve one - and we look forward with great anticipation to seeing everyone next fall!
 
Sincerely,
 
Scott Jordon
President, Burke's Board of Trustees

Leith Barry
Vice President, Burke's Board of Trustees
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

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