A message from Principal Bill Rawson

December 20, 2019
Principal Bill Rawson speaking to alumni.

As principal of the Academy, I have the great pleasure of meeting with alumni on a fairly regular basis, on campus, around the country, and, indeed, around the world. I also correspond with alumni by email and, yes, by old-fashioned letters. It is an absolute delight to hear from people across generations describe how their Exeter experiences impacted their lives. I take equal delight in sharing my thoughts about Exeter’s future, and hearing your thoughts and questions in return. As I like to say when addressing an alumni gathering, every question is a gift. 

At Exeter we remain true to our mission, stated in the Deed of Gift, to unite goodness and knowledge and thereby lay the surest foundation for students living purposeful lives. Our students are achieving at high levels across all academic disciplines, and thriving in athletics, music, theater, dance and just about every student activity you can imagine. We talk a lot about humility, kindness and respect. At commencement last June, I told the graduating seniors, “Wherever you go, people will expect you to be intelligent and capable; they will be watching to see if you are kind and have humility.” 

As we approach the winter break, the winter holidays and the start of a new year, we have much to be thankful for. We are thankful for our wonderful students, our caring and committed adults, and our excellent facilities. 

We are thankful for an alumni body that cares deeply about our school, continues to support the school, stays connected and helps us imagine our future. 

I wish everyone a happy holiday season, and a healthy and purposeful new year.


With warm wishes and deep gratitude,

Bill Rawson