A gift from Evan Trent ’98 honors an extraordinary teacher — and a lifelong source of inspiration.
Evan Trent ’98 spent three years at Governor’s. Those years changed his life. “I wouldn’t be where I am today,” he says, “if I hadn’t benefited from everything the school offers.”
One crucial thing he found here: extraordinary adults. “I had a lot of great teachers and mentors at Govs,” he says. “One of them had an especially big impact on me: Doc Bradley.”
There was no one like him, Trent says. “Doc reveled in being a bit eccentric — he had this wild, curly hair, these long arms and legs. But most importantly, he rewarded curiosity, exploration, and being your own person. He was so much more to me than a teacher or a dorm parent — and I know he had a similar impact on other kids. We keep in touch to this day.”
With a voracious intellectual appetite, Trent was encouraged to pursue his passions at Governor’s. He acted in plays, won the Academy Math Prize, and received the Xerox Award for the Humanities. This agility shaped his entrepreneurial career. Today, he’s the Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development at Adtalem Global Education.
“Govs taught me that I could find joy on my own terms,” says Trent. “Now I have a broad, deep, lasting happiness.”
Trent made a significant gift to With True Courage to extend that joy to new generations of students. “I want to support the life-changing power of Govs,” he says. “And it’s exciting to write the next chapter of the school’s growth. I had to be part of it.”
Trent’s gift will help build the new Alfond Center, a priority of the With True Courage campaign. The center will be home to a seminar room named in Bradley’s honor. An innovative space designed for creative exploration of the world — that’s a fitting tribute to a beloved teacher. “You need people who make learning fun and surprising. That’s Doc.”