Recently the Board of Directors of Hershey Trust Company and the Board of Managers of Milton Hershey School came to an agreement with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office concerning board governance that includes compensation and term limits. Read the full agreement here.
The Milton Hershey School Alumni Association (MHSAA) believes that the joint boards are moving forward with terms and have come together towards a resolution. At a time when the School has achieved new heights in student success, retention and growth, board governance cannot be a distraction. We must continue to monitor the progress of the joint boards as they work to support the mission and vision of Milton Hershey School (MHS) as outlined in the Deed of Trust.
It is the Alumni Association’s hope that the Board of Trustees will fill some of the seats left vacant by resignations and ending terms with qualified alumni candidates who have the best interests of our home and school at heart. As alumni, we are fierce defenders of our home, Milton Hershey School, Mr. and Mrs. Hershey’s Deed of Trust and the MHS students now, and yet to come. The health, well-being and success of these students – our future alumni, are among our highest priorities.
For these reasons we have reached out to the Board and requested selections include qualified alumni. Additionally, MHSAA has extended an open line of communication with the Trust Board to offer support and input.
As we reflect back over the past two years since President Peter Gurt ’85 has taken office, we are encouraged by the many accomplishments and advances made on behalf of the students. MHS continues to serve children that are of the greatest need. Enrollment is the highest it’s ever been with approximately 2,024 students and with a retention rate of 93.2 percent—the highest in 47 years.
More importantly students are completing critical academic programs with graduating seniors earning at least two industry-recognized certifications in his or her Career and Technical Education areas of study. Excellence in education combined with the support for students, results in a balanced student life with the highest opportunity for student success. MHSAA is encouraged by the MHS mission and vision that continues to instill the values we all learned as students, and which have contributed to making us successful alumni. How this new agreement is implemented is critical, and MHSAA will work closely with the School and Boards for the continued success of MHS. We are greatly encouraged to see that the School president will once again be eligible to serve on the Board and believe the direct input and influence of this alumnus president will help bring focus, understanding and respect for the School’s position in the hierarchy of what Milton and Catherine Hershey deemed important.