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A Message from President Armbrister

August 2014

To the Girard College Family,

As many may know already, Orphans’ Court Judge Joseph O’Keefe has issued an order denying the petition of the Board of Directors of City Trusts to temporarily modify the structure of Girard College.

Whether you support the Judge’s ruling or the Board’s petition, this week marks the beginning of the next phase in the history of Girard College. Specifically, we begin the new school year asking ourselves, “What happens now?”

Today, I am writing to reassure the “Girard College family” that the Board, the Administration and I are ready to continue the great work that has been ongoing here at Girard in the midst of the discussion about the College’s future. We have invested literally thousands of hours in the redesign of our curriculum and in the training of all teachers and all residential advisors. As a result, we are better prepared than ever to provide the highest quality education to the children entrusted to our care. As a school, we will continue that commitment going forward. I commend all faculty and staff for your dedication to the task of making Girard a better place, particularly in these turbulent times.

I hope that the extended Girard College family will reaffirm its collective and individual commitment to continue producing students of exceptional character and fortitude who embody the core values of Stephen Girard: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Self-Discipline and Compassion. Many of you have done just that by reaching out to talk about the decision, and for that I am grateful.

I am looking forward to a productive academic year ahead. You will be hearing more from me shortly about the upcoming school year, but I thought it important to underscore that, despite all of the attention and emotion connected with the court case, nothing about Judge O’Keefe’s ruling will prevent us from pursuing the best educational opportunities for our students while they are here at Girard College.

Hail Girard!

Clarence D. Armbrister


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