Hundreds gathered today in the Evan R. West field house at Providence Country Day School to formally install Kevin Folan as the ninth Head of School. The community-wide celebration featuring an address by Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Suttell P'07, '10 honored PCD's historic legacy of service and community while conveying excitement for its new leader and upcoming centennial anniversary.
"For nearly 100 years Providence Country Day has been preparing young students to one day leave our halls and do great things, to succeed in the face of adversity, to learn and overcome from failings and to build in us a resilience and confidence that will empower us throughout our lives," said PCD Board of Trustees President John Mullen '02. "Today is our chance to celebrate Kevin and the future of our school, a future brimming with possibilities and led by an outstanding individual."
Words used to describe the school included belonging, dedication, service, community, and engagement. In his remarks, Folan also spoke of PCD's inclusive and welcoming school community. "Amid my awe of standing in this role at Providence Country Day School, my transition is made easier by a strong culture of belonging you have all created for me and for so many. It is rare to feel that you can be your authentic self and still be respected and valued," he said. "It is this culture of inclusion that is imperative to our school community and enables students to be their best inside and outside the classroom. This dynamic extends beyond our gates as we have powerful generations of alumni game-changers who work on behalf of the common good. This is what it means to be a knight: to actively engage, to serve, to believe in a cause beyond oneself."
As a parent to William '07 and Grace Suttell '10, and spouse of recently retired PCD Math Teacher Mary Suttell, the Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice encouraged today's students to embrace all that is available to them at the school. "It is up to you take advantage of the opportunities you now have both in the classroom and with extracurricular activities; you are very fortunate to be a student at PCD," he said. "Every PCD graduate has been given the skills necessary to be an educated, active, productive participant in all aspects of our society."