Preston G. Athey ’67 has always been a devoted friend to his Hill family and loyal steward of our great City on The Hill as a student and alumnus as well as a Trustee and Board Chairman during the last 19 years. And, in true Preston fashion with back of each the strength of all close at heart, he and his wife, Nancy, decided to mark this milestone occasion by making a $12 million gift to The Hill, the largest gift in School history.
The impact of the Atheys’ generosity reaches all areas of life at Hill. In particular, Preston’s gifts to the School extend far beyond financial. He has spent countless hours as an ambassador for The Hill, traveling around the country and the world meeting with fellow alumni and friends. His wisdom, foresight, and unyielding commitment for the search for truth has guided us through a time of transformational change and growth that has kept Hill financially sound through record-breaking fundraising, college matriculation, and admission efforts. Because of his leadership, The Hill is in a position of strength and ready to embrace a new chapter in its storied history.
Preston's first gift to The Hill was $5.36 in 1968, the year after he graduated, and while his lifetime giving to Hill today totals more than $30 million, it has never been about the dollar amount. For Preston, it has always been about advancing The Hill community, and, most importantly, the impact our students make when they go out into the world.
The Atheys’ recent $12 million gift primarily funds The Hill Centennial Scholars Program in perpetuity. This scholarship program provides need-based scholarships covering up to 100 percent of each student recipient’s demonstrated financial need. The program aims to attract and enroll the most talented and dynamic students in the country to The Hill. The Centennial Scholars Program honors the 100th anniversary of the Meigs family transferring ownership of the School in 1920 to a Board of Trustees elected by the newly formed Alumni Association. Consequently, the Atheys’ gift also supports the honorary naming of the Headmaster's chair in recognition of the Meigs family. Lastly, a portion of the Atheys’ gift strengthens The Hill Fund and underwrites upcoming campus beautification projects.
In recognition of Preston’s unyielding dedication and longstanding service to The Hill School, the Board of Trustees by unanimous consent bestowed upon him the unique distinction of Chairman Emeritus.
James L. Alexandre ’75 will take over as Board Chair effective July 1, 2021. He rejoined The Hill School Board of Trustees in June 2013 after a prior appointment from July 1976 through June 1979. He currently serves as chairman of the Campus Planning Committee, and he is a member of the Education, Executive, Governance, and Institutional Giving Committees. You will have an opportunity to learn more about Mr. Alexandre in the upcoming summer edition of Hill Ties magazine.