Claudia Hazelwood has contributed an exceptional amount of time and talent to The Webb School as a parent, employee, volunteer, and loyal friend. Her involvement continues to benefit students and enhance campus life, which are two of the primary criteria for selection as the John B. Hardin Service Award recipient.
First joining the Webb community as a parent in 1993, Claudia and her husband, David, served as Webb Fund Chairs, raising funds in support of school priorities, and other volunteer roles while their daughter, Whitney Brough ’99, was a student. In 2010, she returned to Webb serving as director of alumni and development and bringing a new level of professionalism to the office. She joined Webb with more than 26 years of development and alumni relations experience at Vanderbilt University
In her role as A&D director, she was responsible for conceiving and leading the comprehensive Moving Our Tradition Forward Campaign that received $11.1 million, exceeding the $10 million goal. She was also responsible for all facets of alumni relations and fundraising, including major gifts, planned giving, the Webb Fund, corporate and foundation gifts, and stewardship, among others.
Claudia has a master’s degree in teaching and a bachelor’s degree in history from Vanderbilt University. She and David previously owned and operated the Parish Patch Farm & Inn, Cortner Mill Restaurant, and Whitney Chapel in Normandy, Tenn.
As a result of a gift from Claudia and David in 2017, members of The Webb School community and visitors can imagine W.R. “Sawney” Webb on campus when they see a life-sized sculpture of the school’s founder in the Laura Woosley Poston ’80 Plaza. The Hazelwoods made the gift in honor of their daughter, Whitney, and her experiences and lifelong friendships started while at Webb. The sculpture was created by Russ Faxon of Bell Buckle, a former Webb artist-in-residence.
Claudia also served on Webb’s Development Committee from 2017-2020, and as an informal advisor to the Alumni and Development Office throughout the years.
In other service, Claudia is a Session Member and Sue’s Purse Outreach Committee member of Normandy (Tenn.) Presbyterian Church, its former Treasurer, and has been a Frist Art Museum Docent.