Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Introducing the Chief Development Officer

We’re happy to share that our Development Office, formerly known as Advancement, has a new leader. Tobey Fossey began her tenure as Chief Development Officer in August, and we are thrilled to be working with her. We had the opportunity to chat with Tobey in order to get to know her a little better. 


What brought you to Walnut Hill, and why did you want to work at an independent arts school?

I have worked in Development at independent schools in the area for the past two decades, so I already knew a lot about Walnut Hill School. I was drawn to Walnut Hill in particular for two reasons. First was the vision that Antonio laid out for the future of the school. I have seen a lot change in the independent school landscape over the past few years, and I am fully aware that to survive, schools will need to be nimble and enterprising. I heard that when I met with Antonio. The second reason I wanted to come to Walnut Hill is because I want to be a part in ensuring that art continues. Supporting young artists is more important now than ever before. 

As a new member of the community, what events or aspects of the campus experience are you looking forward to the most?

One of the things I enjoy most about working at independent schools is the close-knit community. I think that will only be multiplied by the fact that it is a boarding school. 

If you were a Walnut Hill student, which art would you study?

So many choices! I'd probably choose theater. I enjoy public speaking, so I think it would be a natural fit!

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