Cultivating Curiosity

Cultivating Curiosity
Caley Lynch

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.”

The Full Experience

Jon and Missy Doyle P’08,’09,’19 take the Access Fund to a new level.

Financial aid is critical. It bridges the gap between tuition and what a student’s family can afford. But our financial aid packages don’t always go far enough. This is where the Access Fund — part of the school’s financial aid program, a pillar of With True Courage — comes in. 

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Cultivating Curiosity

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.” 

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Capital Projects Taking Place on Campus

Peter Marshall French Student Center Renovation and Expansion

Dedicated in 1978 by Robert and Trustee Emerita Shirley French P’76, GP’09 and their family in memory of their son Peter Marshall French, the building has long served as a lively hub for students to congregate, learn, and forge lifelong friendships. Yet today, we find that our community has significantly outgrown the building, calling for an extensive renovation and expansion to better meet the needs of our students.

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