WITH HEAD OF SCHOOL TODD BLAND
HOW IS THIS CAMPAIGN DARING?
“First, we’re trying to raise $175 million—the largest campaign in the history of the School. That’s audacious. Second, we’re trying to be a national leader in teaching and learning. When you strive to lead, you’re daring. Third, Dare is focused on Milton’s most essential resource: our people. Great institutions have the courage to align their resources with their priorities. That’s what we’re doing with Dare.”
“This is an important moment in the history of the School and the history of education. One of Milton’s values—one of our strengths—is a willingness to engage with the world. Dare comes from a deep, true part of Milton—the part that is always asking: How can we respond to the needs of our students and the demands of the world? How can we be better tomorrow? This is a moment to build on our strengths and plan for what’s next.”
IS THIS A PIVOTAL MOMENT?
“It is. A number of factors that were once stable are now shifting. About half of our faculty will retire within the next ten years. More students who apply to Milton—exceptionally smart, capable students—have more financial need. At the same time, schools everywhere are re-thinking education. I’m not talking about fads or trends; I’m talking about research-driven, innovative approaches to preparing students for a radically different world than the one we have known. We were built for this kind of challenge. The campaign helps us meet it head-on.”
HOW DOES DARE MEET THE CHALLENGE?
“In four ways: supporting our faculty, our students, our campus, and the Milton Fund. Start with our faculty. Every alumnus, every student, every parent recognizes the exceptional talent and dedication of our faculty. These are people who have had a transformative impact on each generation of Milton students. The campaign says: Let’s be known across the country as the place where great teachers come to thrive. Let’s honor their work by giving them the resources they need to choose a life in this profession. Let’s be a leader in teaching and learning in this new world—and let’s recognize that leadership starts with empowering great teachers.”
“They’re part of a world of astonishing diversity. They will live and work with people from very different backgrounds than their own. Milton should reflect that reality. The campaign says: Let’s welcome and support the best students, regardless of their ability to pay. And when they’re here, let’s expand the opportunities we offer—and let’s make sure those opportunities are open to everyone, with no added financial burden. This is not only a moral necessity. It’s a pragmatic necessity.”
If you believe in the people of Milton, if you want Milton to prepare those people for the road ahead, if you want them to do the exceptional work in the world that Milton people are capable of doing—then dare with us.Todd Bland