On Saturday, May 11, the St. Mark's community gathered to celebrate the public launch of Lives of Consequence: The Campaign for St. Mark's School. The spectacular event—held under a giant tent on Belmont Field—was part of Reunion weekend and drew alumni, trustees, parents, faculty and staff members, and friends from many generations.
The cornerstone of the $115 million campaign—the most ambitious in the School's history—is the Residential Life Initiative, a transformative project that includes the construction of a 90,000 square-foot residence hall on Main Campus and will impact the lives of St. Mark's students for many decades to come. The new building will house up to 150 students and includes 12 contemporary faculty apartments as well as a number of spaces for teaching and learning that will provide opportunities for students to develop essential character, intellect, and leadership skills.
To date, the campaign has raised more than $73 million. The STEM Center, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, the Global Citizenship Program, the T. Jefferson Coolidge Jr. '50 Athletic Performance and Wellness Center, and a number of other achievements were completed as part of the campaign's first phase.
Recognizing the essential role our faculty members play in the lives of our students, St. Mark's has created a Faculty Excellence Fund to attract and retain top teachers in a wide range of fields. This fund is one of the priorities of the campaign's next phase, along with the Residential Life Initiative, the School's Financial Aid Endowment, and the Annual Fund.
Each one of these initiatives will enhance the experience of today's students while ensuring that the next generation of students will continue to flourish in the exceptional education environment that is St. Mark's.