Moses Brown alumnus gifts $3.6 million to support teachers

Russell H. Carpenter, a 1959 alumnus of the Moses Brown School in Providence, has endowed a new program to advance teaching with a $3.6 million gift to the school. More

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Moses Brown alumnus gifts $3.6 million to support teachers

MOSES BROWN SCHOOL has received a $3.6 million endowment from alumnus Russell H. Carpenter to fund a new program designed to promote faculty professional development and create new team-taught interdisciplinary courses.
Posted 3/14/14

PROVIDENCE – Russell H. Carpenter, a 1959 alumnus of the Moses Brown School, has endowed a new program to advance teaching with a $3.6 million gift to the school.

“Teaching is what Moses Brown has always done best, and to my mind, it’s the most vital part of the school’s future,” said Carpenter, formerly of Barrington, in a statement. “Although the world is changing rapidly, great teaching will remain as important as ever, and this program will help the school adapt to the needs of education in a globalized world.”

The Russel H. Carpenter ’59 Program in Teaching Excellence is intended to advance teaching and learning through innovation at the independent, college preparatory Quaker school, which serves 775 students from nursery school age through grade 12.

The gift represents the largest single contribution to the school’s endowment in its 230-year history, said Head of School Matt Glendinning.

Specifically, the new program will create new faculty leadership positions and team-taught interdisciplinary courses, support faculty publishing and presentations nationwide, provide new resources for professional development and travel, and help keep teacher salaries and benefits competitive.

Members of Moses Brown’s faculty learned about Carpenter’s gift at a special meeting on March 13.

“We salute Russ Carpenter’s 60-year relationship with Moses Brown,” said Glendinning. “Russ’s life-long dedication to intellectual growth, academic rigor and the liberal arts inspires us. As we pursue a powerful vision for MB’s future, we share his unwavering belief in the transformational impact of teachers.”

Carpenter currently practices as an attorney in Washington, D.C. and focuses on diversified litigation, federal advisory and international law.

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