Fast Facts About ADVIS:
Over 130 Member Schools in the tristate, 13 county Greater Delaware Valley region…
Educate nearly 50,000 students in pre-kindergarten through high school; 31% students of color
Employ over 11,000 faculty, administrators, and staff
Award nearly $325,000,000 in need based financial aid to 36% of students
Represent more than 500,000 alumni
Collectively have an annual operating budget greater than one billion dollars!
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ADVIS Visionary Service Award - Past Recipients    
ADVIS Visionary Service Award recipients are nominated by approved representatives from ADVIS member schools. Nominees’ contributions may reflect an ongoing or extraordinary gift of time, commitment, expertise, or financial support. Falling under one or more of the traditional categories of contributors of “Work, Wealth, and Wisdom,” or the more recent categories of “Raises Friends, Raises Funds, Raises Students,” award recipients are:
  • Exemplary school trustees, volunteers, and/or philanthropists, or
  • Individuals, not directly tied to one institution, yet having had a profound impact on area independent school education, or
  • Education professionals who have shown outstanding commitment and service to the broader educational professional community in addition to their individual school.

The recipients to date are:

2018  Tracey Specter, Former President, Board of Directors, 2013-2016, Board Member, 2006 - present, Perelman Jewish Day School
2017 Jocelyn Hillman, Board Chair, Community Partnership School and Lynn Gadsden, Board Chair Emeritus, Community Partnership School
2016 Patrick F. Bassett, President and Senior Consultant, HEADS UP EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING; Former Teacher, school head and President, NAIS, the National Association of Independent Schools. Award to be presented April 12, 2017 at the ADVIS Board Chair/Clerk and Head of School Dinner and Dialogue.
2015 Earl J. Ball, Board Chair, Tower Hill School; former Head of School, William Penn Charter School; Senior Fellow, Director, School Leadership Program; Founding Director, Penn Residency Masters in Teaching, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
2014 Robert E. (Bob) Shields, Former Board Chair, Archmere Academy;
Current Board Chair, Rosemont School of the Holy Child; Board of
Financial Advisors, Daylesford Abbey and CEO, Lakeview Capital, Inc.
2013     Douglas "Chip" MacKelcan, Jr., Former Head of School, Sanford School;
Former ADVIS Board President; 40 year Independent School Educator and Leader 
2012 David West, Former School Clerk Emeritus Member of the School Committee,
Germantown Friends School
2011 Susan Floyd and Kathleen Hunt, Co-Founders, Center School 
2010 Gretchen H. Burke and Rush T. Haines, II, Former Board Chairs and
Co-Chairs "Ever Episcopal" Capital Campaign, The Episcopal Academy
2009 William D. Ravdin, Former Trustee & Clerk, Friends Central School;
Trustee, Friends Council; Pro Bono Counsel to ADVIS Schools
2008 Margaret (Peggy) Ewing, Former Trustee & Finance Committee Member,
Clerk of Development & Governance Committees, Delaware Valley Friends School 
2007 Frederick (Fred) C. Fletcher, II, Former Board Chair, Trustee Emeritus, 
The Shipley School 
2006 Irene Horstmann Hannan, Board Chair & Trustee Emeritus, The Crossroads School
2005 Thomas E. Zemaitis, Former School Committee Clerk, Moorestown Friends School 
2004 W. Perry Gresh, Former Board Chair, Montgomery School 
James L. "Jay" Crawford, Jr., Former Head of School, The Episcopal Academy 
2003 Melanie Stackhouse, Founder, Orchard Friends School 
2002 Nicholas A. Giordano, Former Board Chair, Mount Saint Joseph Academy 
2001 Solveig Stetson, Founding Executive Director, ADVIS

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