Bill Robertson is back in a familiar spot. Alongwith his wife, Tracy, who joined the English facultythis fall, Bill has returned to campus to serve asdirector of the Amici Fund and alumni relations inthe development office, where he worked from 2006to 2010. In the decade since, he’s primarily workedat The Hill School, his alma mater, as director ofalumni relations. The Robertsons have two children:a daughter, Violet, a sophomore at Elon University,and Max, a sixth former at The Hill School.
What drew you to a career in boarding schools?
I think the energy of a place like this matchesmy life energy. I’m always moving and alwaysbusy and involved in so many aspects of schoollife when students are back, when there are thingshappening on campus.
And what drew you to Woodberry in particular?
Hill was very similar to Woodberry. The seniorfaculty members I admired the most as a studentremind me of the same faculty members I admireat Woodberry. They are driven by character, trust,and the lifelong bonds formed in a school like this.
It was easy to imagine coming back here. Wehave a tremendous number of friends still oncampus, in Orange, and in the alumni and parentcommunities. Some of these families who arecurrent parents are people we got to know tenyears ago when living here. And working with theclass of 2000 to form the Michael Goss MemorialScholarship created a bond I maintained becausethey were people who turned into great friendsand professional colleagues.
One reason this place is so special is you’re gonefor a decade and you come back and feel like youcan pick up like you’ve never left. What resonateswith me are the relationships that are so powerfulthat it’s like almost no time has passed.
What are you most excited about as you start
working again with our alumni community?
I’d say building the career networking andcareer development capacity of our network.We’re so strong in philanthropy and other areasthat I see networking as an area where we canmake a lot of progress and do some special things.Even in the past few months, we’ve been workingmore with young alumni to help them utilizethe alumni network for shadowing, internships,and job opportunities. Woodberry alumni are sowilling to get on Zoom or pick up the phone andhave a conversation with any fellow alum based onthe relationships and bonds formed here. We cando a great job spotlighting the work of alumni andparent businesses and helping demonstrate thatthe bonds can be even more significant.
Bill Robertson Returns
In August, Graham Goldstein and Mack McMillan, both members of the class of 2016,joined the alumni and development team. Mack serves as assistant director of the AmiciFund, while Graham serves as alumni engagement and communications officer. Alongwith their work connecting with Woodberry alumni, both live on the Walker Building andassist with the residential life of students.
At Woodberry, Graham, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, participated inWoodberry in Spain and spent a trimester studying in South Africa. He was a recipientof the Headmaster’s Award at graduation and played lacrosse. Mack, a Charlotte native,played varsity football, varsity baseball, and varsity golf. Both Graham and Mack alsopreviously served as counselors at Woodberry Forest Sports Camp.
What have you been up to since Woodberry?
Graham: I majored in history and minored in Spanish at the University of Georgia,where I also wrote for The Red & Black, Georgia’s school newspaper.
Mack: I majored in sports administration and minored in statistics at the University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill. While I was at UNC, I worked on ticketing and marketingfor Carolina athletics a bit and served as the rush chairman for my fraternity last year.
What drew you back to Woodberry?
Graham: By sophomore year of college, I was pretty serious about coming back to workhere. I originally thought that would be as a Kenan-Lewis Fellow teaching history,and I was talking about that a lot with Dr. Boesen, who was my advisor when I was astudent. When I heard the alumni office was looking for someone, I thought it soundedlike a perfect way to come back to Woodberry.
Mack: I’d always had it in mind that I’d be interested in coming back. I’m very proudand honored to give back to a place that gave me so much. And I’m following in familyfootsteps. My dad, Robert McMillan ’84, worked in the admission office for a few yearsin the 1990s.
What are you most excited about now that you’re back on campus?
Graham: I’m excited to connect in a different way with people about a place we knowand love. I’m excited to get to talk more with alumni I already know but also to connectwith alumni of all ages. And I’m excited to be living and working on dorm. I love thatI was in a student’s shoes a few years ago and hope I can share some of the wisdom Igained along the way with them.
Mack: I’m excited to get to know more of the school’s alumni base. I feel like I havea good network in Charlotte and with guys who overlapped with me on campus, butI’m excited to meet new people and do what I can to grow Woodberry’s network andconnect us together.
Graham Goldstein and Mack McMillan
Join Alumni and Development Office
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