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May 5, 2022

A Message From President Keith Evans

Dear Westminster Community, 

Every so often, our shared history presents an opportunity to celebrate and see more clearly the way forward. The conclusion to the 2021–22 school year is just such a moment. We mark two important anniversaries this year: our 70th year since the founding of Westminster and the 50th year since the graduation of our first Black students. We may not be the most senior institution, but we have been at it long enough now to both have an impressive track record and see how our continued progress will be dependent on never standing still. 

This year also included milestones in more current efforts. The opening of Barge Commons concluded the first phase of construction envisioned in our Campus Plan. The arrival of vaccines and the receding of the pandemic allowed for a year of renewal all over campus. Beloved traditions and gatherings brought our community back together, while new endeavors like the Day of Service, Love Hall’s Lovestock, and Middle School MayATL showed that, come what may, Wildcats don’t stand still.

Our State of the School report, shared in the fall, provided the opportunity to take the measure of Westminster today by the numbers. Throughout this anniversary year, we have continued to look at additional markers and metrics that highlight both accomplishments and important areas for focus in the years ahead. 

  • In just over a week, the Class of 2022 will officially become Westminster alumni. Their journey through Upper School has been filled with unexpected turns—including a tenure in learning cottages, moving to remote learning, returning to a campus with new spaces, and navigating a college admissions environment unlike any other. But, as Wildcats do, they handled each turn with optimism and fortitude. Click here for highlights from this remarkable class and here for news of where these soon-to-be-alumni are headed next year. 
  • We recently completed a community and culture assessment, an important source of insight as we strive to offer every Wildcat a deep sense of belonging. Click here to review a summary of key findings and next steps.
  • This has been a year of community building as we have welcomed everyone back to campus. From the Pigskin Picnic and in-person arts performances to our Day of Service, we have seen record-breaking attendance at each event. For example, just this past weekend, close to 1,000 alumni returned to campus for Reunion Weekend—the first time we have been able to host this gathering since 2019. 

I am also excited to introduce two new leaders who will be joining Westminster in the year ahead. Frank Brown, a Westminster Class of 2004 alum, will be joining our Leadership Team as the Director of DEI and Community Engagement. Frank began his career in admissions and DEI work at Wake Forest University School of Business and is coming to us from Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, North Carolina, where he led DEI efforts and was a teacher and coach. Frank has already made an important contribution to Westminster as a member of our Board of Trustees’ DEI Committee. Beyond this new role, he will serve as our JV Girls Basketball head coach. 

Another alum, Adam Koplan, Class of 1991, will be our new Director of Performing Arts. Adam has been both an artist and an arts administrator in community organizations and schools. He has an impressive body of work as a screenwriter, theater director, and published author and is currently serving as the founding artistic director of the Flying Carpet Theatre as well as the Board Chair of The Breman Museum here in Atlanta. Adam is also a current parent at Westminster, so he has firsthand knowledge of the breadth and depth of our arts program. 

These last few weeks of the 2021-22 school year promise to be filled with more memorable moments like those that have defined this milestone year. At the end of May, we will share the stories of 2021-22 that further illustrate the impact of Westminster’s singular vision on the lives of our students. I am grateful for all we have accomplished together in this historic 70th year of Westminster’s journey!

Onward,


Keith Evans
President


 

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