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Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt, Community Support

Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt was Eugene McDermott Headmistress of the Hockaday School of Dallas from 2004 to 2011. At Hockaday, she restructured the organization to create a leadership team of ten to develop matrices of shared leadership and accountability. She implemented structures for improved risk management; a records retention policy; and a systematic approach to performance reviews, including the development and implementation of a faculty compensation model. She led the articulation and adoption of the Tenets of Faculty Excellence. Under her leadership, admission applications increased every year for seven years (through the economic downturn). She established a seven-figure contingency fund and doubled the annual allocation to the capital replacement budget. Annual Fund contributions doubled across the seven years of her leadership, and commitments to capital and endowment grew by approximately 35 percent. Jeanne also worked to build a culture of inclusivity and shared ownership; she began the practice of bringing together all School employees at School meetings and providing simultaneous translation of presentations so that information—and leadership—could be shared more broadly.

Before her appointment to Hockaday, Jeanne was Vice President for Development and External Affairs at SMU, where she directed University advancement and led the University’s first successful fundraising campaign past goal to its $543 million finish. Her responsibilities included direction of the Tate Lecture Series, Alumni Relations, Communications and Public Affairs. She came to SMU from responsibilities at Wake Forest University where she worked in academic affairs, communications, and public affairs. She has experience teaching at the secondary school and college levels.

Jeanne serves on the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University; she is a member of Dallas Assembly, Charter 100, and International Women’s Forum Dallas. She is on the Advisory Council for Dallas Afterschool Network. Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt earned her master’s degree from the University of Virginia and her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University.