New Director of Advancement Appointed
Courtney Archer-Buckmire has been named as the Director of Advancement at Grace beginning July 1 replacing the irreplaceable Joyce Kuh. Courtney is currently the Director of Major Gifts at Poly Prep Country Day School from which she graduated. Before returning to Poly she was Director of Annual Giving at Chapin and Associate Director of Annual Giving at the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools. This gives Courtney the unique position of being a student then a colleague and now a colleague again of Hugo Mahabir, Head of High School at Grace.
Courtney said of her appointment, “I am thrilled to join Grace and honored to be Joyce’s successor. No one can replace her and 30+ years of experiences. I hope to build on her great successes as we strive to make Grace its best self. Through the many Zoom meetings this spring, I met different facets of the Grace community and it was clear, even through video, how special Grace is. I cannot wait to meet and greet everyone in person when circumstances allow.”
Courtney began her independent school career as an Admissions Associate at Trevor Day School. Courtney is a graduate of William Smith College. Courtney has been active on the boards of organizations important to her and has shared her advancement skills generously. She is on the board of the Sylvia Center, and she has been a member of the board of trustees and alumni council of Prep for Prep of which she is also a graduate.
We are very excited to welcome Courtney to Grace and, because the whole hiring process took place virtually, showing her the campus and allowing her to meet the students, faculty and families in person when we can. Everyone she met was very impressed by Courtney and felt that she is just the person we need to lead our advancement efforts in this new era for Grace.
Courtney is a native New Yorker and lives in Brooklyn. She is a first generation American, and her family is from Trinidad and Tobago. Courtney lists her obsessions as cooking and recipe tasting, Caribbean literature, yoga, emerging artists, gummy bears and spending time with family in Tobago. She studied writing and rhetoric at William Smith College and is a classically trained dancer having studied and trained for 25 years.