Phillips Academy Headmaster Dr. John G Palfrey will be the featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Andover’s 16th annual Citizens Who Care and fifth annual Educator of the Year Gala on Thursday, May 23, at the Wyndham Andover Hotel.
Rotary Club president Mark Spencer said in a release that the gala is “a unique celebration of citizenship and personal community contributions that will be highlighted by a world-class educator who lives and works in our Andover community.”
Palfrey assumed the role of Phillips Academy’s 15th head of school on July 1, 2012. Prior to joining the Andover community, he was the Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and vice dean for library and information resources at Harvard Law School. He was also co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he served as executive director from 2002 to 2008.
He has published extensively on how young people are learning in a digital era, as well as the effect of new technologies on society at large. Outside of his work at Andover, Palfrey serves as a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and leads the Steering Committee of the Digital Public Library of America. He has also served on the boards of the Mass2020 Foundation, the Ames Foundation,and Open Knowledge Commons, among others.
Palfrey joined the Harvard Law School faculty after practicing law at the Boston law firm Ropes & Gray. He was a visiting professor at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland during the 2007-2008 academic year. He also served as a special assistant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration
A teacher, author, and innovator, Palfrey has earned praise for his books and scholarly work, as well as his teaching. The Bok Center at Harvard recognized him in 2007 for Distinction in Teaching. In 2005, he earned a Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching from the Harvard Extension School.
Palfrey earned his doctorate of law from Harvard Law School, a master in philosophy from the University of Cambridge and an artium baccalaureus (bachelor of arts) from Harvard College.
The Citizens Who Care award honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to the Andover Community above and beyond their normal job descriptions. The Educator of the Year is given to one teacher, principal or support person in the Andover public school system who exemplifies these same caring qualities in and out of the classroom. All recipients are those who best reflect Rotary’s ideal of Service Above Self.
The Rotary Club of Andover, a civic group of men and women who aim to support the Merrimack Valley, meets Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 North Main St., Andover.
The gala is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets, which include dinner, are $50 and can be purchased at RotaryAndover.org.