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Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65 When CA celebrates its centennial in a few short years, it will do so with a deeply dedicated and caring alumna at the helm of the Board of Trustees. In speaking of CA, Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65, who became president of the board in July, enumerates the enduring values that define this community: respect for the individual, a commitment to cultivating and nurturing curiosity, an interdisciplinary approach to the arts and sciences, and devotion to people. Jen Burleigh ’85, a fellow trustee, says, “I can’t think of anyone who embodies the wonderful qualities of CA better than Fay. She is, first and foremost, a warm, caring person who matches a vital intellect with tremendous compassion and creativity. Those personal qualities, together with her professionalism and strong vision for the school, are a powerful combination.” Shutzer, who has served for over 10 years on the board, most recently as first vice president, is eager to take on new challenges alongside her fellow trustees and the administration. “We have a great group of people, among the faculty, staff, board, parents, and alumnae/i, who care deeply about the school and increasingly are focused on not only the CA of today, but the CA of the future,” she says. “We’re a school that prioritizes values and culture over image. That’s the school I loved as a girl, and that’s the school I found once again when I finally came back to it as an alumna.” “I think CA affirmed much of what is innate to Fay,” says Rick Hardy, head of school. “She is a person of deep integrity, and CA, I think, has always sought to impress upon its

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students the importance of integrity — humility, respect, both for oneself and for others, and above all, love. I think in Fay one sees the perfect match between a person and a community.” Burleigh says having an alum at the helm “who understands the school in a deep and comprehensive way” as it nears 100 is ideal. “When you hear Fay talk about CA, it is clear that she cherishes its history and is passionate about its future,” Burleigh says. “I am so excited to see Fay bring that energy and vision to bear as we move toward the centennial.” Amy Cholnoky ’73, first vice president, is also enthusiastic about Shutzer’s new role. “She brings both depth and breadth of experience as an alumna and a longtime trustee who has served in leadership roles for many years, but she brings way more than longevity: a sensitivity to the issues before us, a willingness to learn and listen, and a totally collaborative approach to problem-solving,” Cholnoky says. “Her leadership style could be described by some as ‘quiet,’ but her intellect and personal strength are evident in every word. And maybe most importantly, Fay has total clarity about CA’s mission.” Much of Shutzer’s professional life has been shaped by her experiences at CA. She grew up in the small town of Topsfield, Mass. In Concord, she says, her roommates’ support made her feel she could find success in the world away from home. Classroom encounters also influenced her future — for example, an interdisciplinary course introduced her to Selma Fraiberg’s book The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling

the Problems of Early Childhood. “That book changed my life,” Shutzer says. “It sparked my lifelong fascination with developmental psychology.” Encouraged by their teacher, Shutzer and a classmate continued exploring child development case studies the following year. “I had no idea at the time where it would take me,” Shutzer says. It led to her majoring in psychology at Mount Holyoke College, becoming a teacher, then a school psychologist, and, later, a psychologist in private practice with children, adolescents, and families. A full 25 years after graduating from CA, Shutzer returned to another early passion: painting. She was interested in art before coming to Concord, but at CA she learned techniques that laid a foundation for her later success as an artist. When she talks about learning shading techniques at CA, her eyes light up. “That was just incredible,” she says. “The tools I learned at CA were wonderful. My drawing skills improved immensely.” Today, her work is exhibited in New York and on Cape Cod. It was Jake Dresden who refocused Shutzer’s attention on CA when he left his position as head of Collegiate in New York, where her son was enrolled, and came to CA in 2000 to serve as headmaster. After years away, she realized CA was a school she still recognized — and one she loved. That love is rooted in relationships. “The investments we are making in people are the most important thing,” Shutzer says. “When I talk about why CA is important to me, it always comes back to the people that made it happen — to my chemistry teacher, or

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