When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, 2017, Middlesex celebrated the official close of a historic capital campaign that has enhanced nearly every aspect of our community. This milestone was over a decade in the making, as the campaign truly began in 2005 when longtime trustee and Middlesex benefactor Victor Atkins ’63 launched a financial aid challenge that provided the momentum necessary to initiate a more extensive, long-range campaign. Soon after, a small group of campaign leaders, including Bob and Anne Bass P’93, Victor and Victoria Atkins, and Head of School Kathy Giles, conferred to establish Mx2: The Campaign for Middlesex. The steering committee set a target of $150 million towards the needs within four pillars of the School: financial aid, endowment, faculty support, and campus improvement.
Today, we are thrilled and honored to announce that Mx2 has met—and far surpassed—its $150 million goal!
The profound impact of Mx2 is easily seen throughout campus. Faculty members have moved into new campus homes, students are forming lifelong friendships in beautifully renovated common rooms, and this past fall 36 boys moved into our newest dorm, Landry House. Soon students will be creating art in the Rachel Carson Music and Campus Center and gathering together for school assemblies and performances in a new, state-of-the-art theater. The intangible effects of the campaign are just as powerful, as hundreds of talented and deserving students have received the financial aid necessary for them to attend the School. Support for faculty compensation and benefits was also extraordinary, reflecting an unprecedented level of commitment to the teachers, coaches, and advisors who have dedicated their lives to the intellectual and ethical growth of our students.
We cannot be more grateful for the unwavering support of the entire Middlesex community. From the instrumental, behind-the-scenes gifts in the early stages of the campaign, to the nine matching gift “Challenges” that were completed with tremendous energy, to our more recent public phase of the campaign, we have asked our community of alumni, parents and friends to stretch their generosity, and each time they have answered the call with heartfelt enthusiasm.
Though we are now past the closing date of Mx2, there are still more exciting opportunities to come. Soon we will break ground on our new theater, and for those still wishing to contribute to the campaign, we are offering a unique opportunity to dedicate an auditorium seat in honor of your family, a loved one, or a faculty member who had a impact on your time at Middlesex. We also hope you will join us on campus June 9th and 10th for what will be a spectacular campaign celebration. Finally, we look forward to sharing the full campaign report with you in late 2017. This report will provide us with the appropriate space to acknowledge and offer our sincere gratitude to the hundreds of benefactors who contributed to Mx2. The campaign has been a success in every sense of the word, and we cannot wait to give you a closer look at the finances—and more importantly, the people—that helped Mx2 fulfill its promise. Thank you so very much and Happy New Year!
Heather Parker P '16 '18
Director of Development
Director of Advancement