On Saturday, June 9, as a part of Reunion Weekend 2012, the Performing Arts Center was officially dedicated in honor of Headmaster Emeritus, Valleau Wilkie, Jr. Val Wilkie was headmaster of The Governor’s Academy from 1959-1972 and throughout his tenure consistently nurtured an awakening of the arts in the lives of the Academy’s students. Built in 2001, the Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts is a state of the art, 490 seat theatre that is home to the Academy’s theatre, dance, and music programs. Students are given the opportunity to explore and excel in multiple disciplines including; chorus, jazz band, drama productions, tech theatre, ballet, hip hop, and modern dance.
At the dedication ceremony family, alumni, and friends gathered to hear remarks from Val and were welcomed by Board of Trustee president, Jeffrey Gordon ’69. Val was touched and honored to be invited back to campus for such a special honor. The Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts will continue to serve students and faculty in a positive way and allow them to honor the legacy Val created.
Headmaster Emeriti, Val Wilkie with current Headmaster, Dr.Peter H. Quimby '85 P'14, '15
Headmaster Peter Quimby, Val Wilkie, and members of the Wilkie family
at the dedication of
The Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts