The Webb School Board of Trustees and Head of School Ray Broadhead – in conjunction with the Alumni and Development Office – are pleased to announce the public phase of Webb 150: A Campaign for Webb School. With a goal of $4 million, the campaign will celebrate the school’s 150th anniversary. It has been designed with three primary goals: to increase the school’s $33 million endowment, to benefit current students and faculty through the Webb Fund and additionally, increase membership in the Burkhead Legacy Society, whose members have indicated that Webb School is included as a beneficiary of their estates.
More than $2.1 million in cash, pledges, and bequests has already been confirmed towards the $4 million goal. Counting gifts and pledges for Webb 150 commenced on January 1, 2018. The campaign will run for three calendar years, with a proposed end date of December 31, 2020.
Sam Lasseter '69, trustee and Development Committee chair, agreed to co-chair the campaign with Gwen Jones Owen '75. They have been joined by a cabinet of trustees and members-at-large including George Pine '68, Webb Follin '73, Brian Singer '78, Bill Hardin '79, Ben Blakeley '93, Chase Spurlock '05, Hudson Byrd '05, Claudia Hazelwood (Parent '99), Davis Turner '79, Melora Wilkins Turner '80 (Webb Fund Chairs for 2019-2020), Mary Moss (Parent '09, '11, '16) and Lucy Phillips. Davis and Melora Turner are excited to continue the strong results of the Webb Fund the last two years chaired by Webb Follin III. Kathy Hanson, Senior Consultant and Principal at Marts and Lundy, has been consulting on the campaign, including the strategy meetings held in the Summer of 2018 with key supporters.
Sam noted that he sees the campaign as an integral component of the many efforts marking Webb’s 150th anniversary, and one which provides a way for all of the school’s alumni and friends to participate in this important milestone. He added, “It’s important to note that we will be counting all bequest intentions at face value towards the $4 million goal – this makes it easy to be a part of securing Webb’s future. All we need is a signed letter of estate intention and an amount to become a member of the Burkhead Legacy Society and to be counted." The Burkhead Legacy Society is named for Commander Lingurn Burkhead, class of 1921, whose own bequest started Webb's Legacy Society in the 1990s, now more than 75 members past and present.
"I am excited about what Webb 150 means to our community—it is a great chance to tell our story," said Ray Broadhead, Head of School. Vance Berry, current Chairman of the Board of Trustees remarked that "a significant focus was placed on facilities over the past few years as part of the successful 'Moving our Tradition Forward' campaign from 2010-2016. This was informed by the strategic plan the committee (chaired by Vance) created at that time. Today, the campaign is to emphasize Webb's longevity by building the endowment. It is going to be a great anniversary, with lots of opportunities for the Webb community to celebrate together."