As school wraps up for the year, we’re excited to share some news with you: Today, we announced that four of Philadelphia’s most experienced education and business leaders have joined the board of the Philadelphia School Partnership.
- John Anderson Fry, President of Drexel University, has served in higher education his entire professional life
- Stacy Holland, President & CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), brings more than 20 years of experience working in youth development in the Philadelphia region
- James J. Maguire, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Philadelphia Consolidated Holding Corporation, is the founder and principal of The Maguire Foundation, a philanthropic organization supporting education and the arts
- Natalye Paquin, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, has held numerous positions in public education, including serving as Chief Operating Officer of the School District of Philadelphia
“We are thrilled to welcome a diverse group of Philadelphia’s most experienced education and business leaders to the board of the Philadelphia School Partnership,” said Mike O’Neill, Board Chairman of PSP. “John, Stacy, Jim and Natalye bring a wide range of perspective and skills from working in all sectors of education. Most importantly, they are committed to furthering our mission of ensuring a great school for every child in Philadelphia.” Read the full announcement here.
On an equally exciting note, three schools in our investment portfolio celebrated a high school graduation this week. Watch this video of Audenried High School’s first graduation in its new state of the art school building.
We believe this is all part of the growing momentum around civic, education, business, and philanthropic leaders in Philadelphia working towards a common vision to create and expand high-quality schools. We continue moving closer to the day when every child in every neighborhood has access to a great school. Please contact Mike Wang to get involved.