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Hedgepeth to Retire after a Decade as Development Director

Chief fundraiser helped transform campus, modernize school communications
Director of Development Laurie Hedgepeth has announced her plans to retire at the conclusion of the fiscal year in 2019. Assistant Director of Development Anne Hurt will become Trinity’s new development director, effective July 1, 2019.

Hedgepeth has served Trinity in this role since 2009, a period through which the school has achieved sustained growth, capital improvements and a head of school transition. “It was an honor to be a part of an era of profound change for Trinity,” said Hedgepeth. “I have had the pleasure of working with so many people who shared a vision for the school’s future, and were willing to give generously to make that vision a reality.”

As principal fundraiser for the Future Pathways Capital Campaign through its completion in 2017, she worked with Heads of School Tom Aycock and Rob Short to help revitalize and transform the 42-acre campus. The campaign, which resulted in the construction of more than $12 million in new or renovated facilities, included the Estes Athletic Center, Aycock Stadium, and the Perkinson Arts Center.

“When we started the Future Pathways Campaign, it was by far the biggest undertaking that we ever had at the school,” said Tom Aycock, former headmaster. “Laurie was so good at looking beyond the current situation and thinking ahead to what the school would need down the road.”

Under Hedgepeth’s leadership, Trinity’s fundraising initiatives have coalesced into a sustainable, mature development program, that included significant increases in alumni outreach, annual giving, capital giving, planned giving and special fundraising initiatives. Between 2010 and 2016, she worked to secure $800,000 in grants for capital improvements and low-income tuition support. “Each gift to Trinity represents a valuable relationship between the school and its supporters,” she said. “Being part of that process has been personally meaningful. I will remember these years at Trinity with pride and gratitude.”

Hedgepeth also implemented a marketing and communications program that included the establishment of a modern web presence in 2010, the addition of electronic communication and social media channels, enhanced print publications, campus signage and donor recognition installations — all consistent with Trinity’s branding guidelines.

“As we stand in the courtyard and look out, we can see the culmination of Laurie’s efforts over more than a decade,” said Head of School Rob Short. “Through her stewardship of the school’s development program, she has helped turn our dreams into reality.  I wish her all the best as she pursues her dreams for the future.”

To learn more about the ways the Development Office supports Trinity's future, visit trinityes.org/giving/why-give.
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