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Strategic Plan Makes Public Debut in NYC

Strategic Plan Makes Public Debut in NYC
Jim Norman

Following a purposeful, comprehensive 18-month process, Canterbury’s new Strategic Plan was introduced off the hilltop for the first time in late January 2023, as Head of School Rachel Stone P ’23, ’24 unveiled details of the plan to alumni, parents, school leaders, education consultants, and friends in New York City. Members of the Board of Trustees were also in attendance at the breakfast session, which served as the kickoff to their annual winter meeting.

The event marked the first in a series of preview presentations to be held around the country, with future stops in Washington, DC; Naples, FL; and others. The plan was previously rolled out on campus and met with much affirmation and excitement by faculty, staff, and student focus groups 

Envisioning the school through 2028, the Canterbury Strategic Plan is anchored in four core principles that serve as its framework—People, Purpose, Program, and Permanence. Emerging from these are a set of strategic imperatives and myriad opportunities that will continue to distinguish and differentiate Canterbury as the best small boarding school.       

Opening the session, Trustee Nick Ragland ’88, P ’21, spoke of the impetus behind the Strategic Plan. “The last seven years have provided tremendous growth for Canterbury. The success we have achieved has allowed us to think broadly and, more importantly, boldly about our future,” he said. Nick issued a call to action to all in the room: “Get invested in the Strategic Plan…in all that is Canterbury. Tell your family, tell your friends; talk to fellow alumni, to fellow parents. Collectively we will ensure that Canterbury has even better days ahead.”

Nick then introduced Rachel, who walked guests through the new strategic roadmap and led a discussion. “Canterbury’s extraordinary foundation and the momentum we have experienced led to a series of forward-thinking questions and conversations about strategic planning,” she told them. “All of that—all that makes Canterbury Canterbury— is what both grounded and inspired us to set the School’s priorities moving forward. This is exciting and such a pivotal time for our great school.”