Be Bold marks the 125th anniversary of MHS and is the largest fundraising campaign to date for the independent girls’ school.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. , October 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — at Miss Hall The Berkshires School has announced an ambitious, $75 million global campaign for girls’ and women’s leadership, teaching excellence, and new buildings and programs on the School’s historic campus.

The be bold campaign, the largest in the School’s 125-year history, was publicly announced Saturday September 24at a gala held at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in washington d.c.. Aligned with the School’s strategic design priorities – innovative programs, an inclusive and joyful community, faculty growth and collaboration, and a shared commitment to the common good – the campaign has already raised $65 million.

“The objective of the Be Bold campaign is to define at Miss Hall The school is poised for success over its next 125 years,” said at Miss Hall Principal Julia Heaton. “This campaign reshapes our campus and program in tangible and inspiring ways, supporting the powerful transformation that happens when a girl has the time and space to discover her voice and the courage to use it. We call it the ‘ Miss Hall’s The Magic.’ It’s when a girl realizes that the leader she looks up to is no different from her; is his.”

The campaign enabled the construction of the state-of-the-art STEM facility Linn Room, a new residence hall, the NCAA Class 57 football and lacrosse field, and the James K. Ervin Tennis Complex. The effort also funded improvements to the Terry Thompson ’64 Humanities Wing, the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Art Center, and the Margaret Witherspoon Hall dormitory.

Improvements related to the program include the creation of an engineering and technological innovation department; develop a dynamic curriculum of over 80 courses, including pioneering Hallmark courses; investing in professional development, housing and salaries to attract, hire and retain talented and diverse faculty; increase support for scholarships to make a at Miss Hall education accessible to students from all walks of life; and creating an inaugural position of Dean of Equity and Inclusion and expanding our commitment to an inclusive community.

“In a global society facing international crises such as inequality, health care and climate change, we know that women leaders must play a crucial role in developing the next generation of global citizens,” Heaton continued. , “we are doing our part to increase the diverse representation of leaders who have the ability to address these challenges fairly and with empathy.”

at Miss Hall alumni Jacqueline B. Mars ’57 and Robin Brown Woods ’58 hosted the campaign launch at the Smithsonian. Graduates from six decades attended, along with current and former administrators, former principals, donors, friends and strategic partners committed to empowering girls, pushing the boundaries of girls’ leadership and overturn expectations of female leadership. Renwick’s exhibit, “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World,” sparked critical conversations about the leadership needed to create change, with Stephanie StebichMargaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, delivering a keynote address. Other speakers included the school president Cherish Buxton ’23, Vice President Viola Quiles ’23, at Miss Hall President of the council Nancy Gustafson Ault ’73, administrator emeritus Stacey Sotirhos ’89, and Chairs of the Be Bold Campaign Susan O’Day ’77 and Jennifer Perkins Speers ’71.

“The Be Bold campaign is changing girls’ lives. We are proud of our progress and close to the finish line,” said Nancy Ault ’73, in his gala remarks. “Over the next year, school leaders and administrators will host important conversations around the world with alumni, families, supporters and friends to lay the groundwork for a bold new strategic design. We are embarking on the community vision for the next 125 years.”

About at Miss Hall School

Founded in 1898 — one of the first girls’ boarding schools in Massachusettsat Miss Hall The school is internationally recognized for its experiential leadership curriculum, service and internship programs, and inclusive global community. at Miss Hall is committed to its mission to inspire and encourage every girl to pursue the highest standards of learning and character; contribute boldly and creatively to the common good; and to pursue a purposeful life based on honor, respect, growth, and personal authenticity. Guided by this mission and sharpened by daily practice, at Miss Hall continuously reinvents girl-centered education to foster a pioneering intellectual spirit and authentic engagement among students and adults. Located in the Berkshires, the school currently serves 183 girls in grades 9-12, with students from 21 countries living and learning together as global citizens.

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