We are delighted to announce the hiring of two new members to the Princeton Friends Community.
Dr. Robbin Washington-Smart will be serving as the Director of Strategic Enrollment Management and Financial Aid. Dr. Smart comes to us with over 20 years of experience in education. Among many impressive accomplishments, she has served as the Executive Director of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, Director of Enrollment Management at Girard College, Principal and Deputy CEO of New Foundations Charter School, and Professor at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to these experiences, she began her career teaching at Friends Select School in Philadelphia. Her colleagues describe her “as a connector and an implementer who knows how to engage people in following a dream.” Her thoughtful approach and strengths as a strategic thinker and problem solver impressed the search committee. We are thrilled to welcome Robbin to our community and look forward to her arrival in July 2020.
Sherika Campbell has been hired as our new Director of Advancement. Sherika comes to us from The Blue School in New York City where she has served for four years as the Advancement Coordinator. During her time there, in addition to working with her team on a $3.5 million expansion campaign, she spearheaded school-wide multiculturalism and inclusion efforts. According to a colleague, “Sherika has singlehandedly been instrumental in getting the community to think differently about race, equity, and inclusion.” She also brings experience serving in Advancement at the Kew-Forest School, where she administrated social media, implemented a fundraising database, and was the liaison for the Annual Spring Benefit fundraiser. Sherika is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, The University of North Carolina, and Brooklyn Friends School. Her supervisors and faculty describe her as a keen observer who is bright, compassionate, dedicated, and hard working. We look forward to welcoming her to Princeton Friends School in July when she will begin her work with us.
It is with sincere gratitude that we thank Corinna Bisgaier who has served as the Interim Coordinator of Admissions. She has enthusiastically organized and hosted on-campus and virtual open houses, as well as spearheaded our social media marketing efforts. Corinna has maintained correspondences, collected data, and worked closely with faculty and current families. She continues to provide support to prospective families and has ensured a smooth transition as we bridge the new leadership for our school. We appreciate all the gifts she has given and continues to give to the community.
Melissa and I are also grateful to John Zimmerman, Samantha Kirkenir, Janine Chupa, Jeanette Iglesias, Alison Sommers-Sayre, Jessica Hurwitz, Jian Smith, and Tracy Patton for their time and energy serving on search committees for these positions. It has been affirming to have the voices of many as we seek to fulfill the mission and uphold the values of Princeton Friends School throughout our hiring process.