Dear Hamlin Community,
With a sense of pride and humility, I enter my second year as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. Last year was a truly wonderful experience helping to lead the school forward during a time of tremendous change. I am privileged to work in partnership with Ms. Holland Greene and an incredibly talented group of trustees and administrators. Their tireless energy, passion, courage, and conviction were instrumental in navigating the 2020-2021 academic year. As a community, we should be proud of and grateful to the faculty, staff, and administration. They delivered a campus environment that nurtured mental health and wellness, ensured physical safety, and provided an exceptional academic and extracurricular experience.
Reaffirming my comments from a year ago, the Board of Trustees is an open and engaging body whose mission is to represent the entire Hamlin community in support of our Head of School, Wanda M. Holland Greene, our extraordinary faculty and staff, and our talented administrative team in the pursuit of our mission to educate girls to meet the challenges of their time and inspire them to be extraordinary thinkers and innovators, courageous leaders and individuals of integrity. We warmly invite and encourage deep dialogue and constructive feedback from the entire community. The Board of Trustees is a dynamic body that benefits greatly from strong and frequent engagement.
Sarah and I, together with our three children - Zoë (Class of ’23), Lucas (Town School for Boys Class of ’26) and Sydney (Class of ’28) - are enthusiastic and engaged members of the Hamlin family. We were drawn to Hamlin based on the confluence of exceptional academics and the community’s unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. More so than ever, this past year has reinforced our confidence in the strength, compassion, inclusiveness, and wisdom of the Hamlin Community. We find intellectual, spiritual, and emotional growth in every interaction.
The year ahead will be filled with a broad array of exciting and fulfilling challenges. We are progressing at pace with our Love, Hamlin campaign and transformational campus remodel. We will advance the exceptional work of our Mental Health & Wellness, Philanthropy, and Financial Assistance & Economic Equity task forces. And we will continue our unwavering commitment to the vigilance and protocols required to ensure a safe and productive campus environment.
We are enthusiastic to reunite our Lower and Middle School girls, to celebrate the completion of our new campus, and to accelerate the programming facilitated by our new, world-class facilities. After such an isolated social year, we’re looking forward to a renewal of community events and a deep focus on rekindling our friendships and building and enhancing relationships with our newest families. I urge each and every one of us to not only warmly welcome the new families entering Kindergarten and Grades 1-7, but also to engage and share the spirit and passion of the Hamlin community with the families of rising first and second graders as we collectively navigate the new normal of life on campus and in our community.
I am deeply honored and proud to continue my partnership with each of you. Hamlin is an exceptional institution with a 158-year history of service to our community; let’s work together to carry the tradition forward with compassion, courage, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Scott Gilbertson P’23, P‘28