Autumn Graves

Autumn Graves

Educator, Student and Volunteer

New York, United States

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Her background

  • University of Pennsylvania

    Higher Education Management
  • Today


    Girard College

  • Today

    Assistant Principal

    Friends Seminary

  • Today

    Upper School Dean

    Sidwell Friends School

  • Teachers College of Columbia University

  • Today

    Upper School Counselor and Community Service Coordinator

    Breck School

  • Today

    Director of Special Programs

    Mercersburg Academy

  • , Charlottesville

    University of Virginia

    Rhetoric and Communications Studies with History minor - Thesis: Danny Lyon’s Framing of the Civil Rights Movement

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Her skills

  • Fundraising
  • Leadership
  • Philanthropy

Her hobbies

Travel Entertaining Cooking

About her

An experienced school administrator, Autumn Graves was the President of Girard College in Philadelphia before she decided to further her own education. A residential boarding school serving children from families with lower incomes, Girard College has educated students since 1848. Autumn Graves oversaw nearly 200 teachers, support staff, and residential advisors, and directed relations with three collective bargaining units. Graves also managed an operating budget of $22 million and played an integral role in the school’s fundraising efforts. During her time at the institution, Mrs. Graves served as the President of the Girard College Development Fund. She organized numerous special events, including a visit from His Royal Highness Prince Edward and a fundraising event that raised $523,000. Moreover, she steered the school’s senior leadership team and fostered Girard College’s continuing development and growth.

In addition to fulfilling her core responsibilities, Autumn Graves implemented a number of remarkable programs, including the Fit Campus initiative. As part of this innovative change, she created the Girard College Community Garden and the school’s Fit Clubs. Mrs. Graves also spearheaded a major transformation in the school’s food services and partnered with the nonprofit organization Farm to Families. Furthermore, she cultivated partnerships with numerous other philanthropic groups, businesses, agencies, and individuals throughout Philadelphia and created the Community Partnerships Office to manage these burgeoning volunteer and donor relationships.

Dedicated to each student’s personal and academic development, Autumn Graves also implemented E3: Extended Educational Experience. An extracurricular program that combines academic support with life skills training, E3 has helped encourage students to pursue a healthy, successful lifestyle. She also established the foundation for the Young Alumni Support Program and created the Family Association. Finally, Autumn Graves encouraged community groups and staff members to assist in expanding diversity to include more asian, caucasian and hispanic students, ultimately more than tripling the diversity applicant acceptance rate.

Before accepting the post at Girard College, Autumn Graves served as Assistant Principal at Friends Seminary in New York City, and earlier, as Upper School Dean at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration with a focus in Private School Leadership from New York’s Columbia University. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.