Class agents are, of course, the backbone of any school’s continuing relationship with its alumni. Unfortunately, over the years - out of neglect or because of the controversies surrounding the handling of the CHA merger with Springside - many CHA classes had lost their class agents and were drifting away from the school. We did not want to let that happen with our class, or with any others.
And so, starting last fall, Barry Shannon and Bruce Morgan, both members of the class of 1970, volunteered to lead an effort to revitalize the class agent system. Their goal was to engage at least one agent for every existing CHA class. They have done an amazing job! And for good reason, as their commitment to the school runs long and deep.
Bruce Morgan, though not a “lifer,” also started CHA in kindergarten, so, like Barry, I have known him for pretty much all of my life. He left CHA to attend St. Mark’s School in 7th grade, and continued to board there through the rest of his high school career. Bruce has served as a class agent for his St. Mark’s class for close to 50 years. Amazingly, despite his strong loyalty to that school, he has remained equally loyal to ours. We are proud to have him as a very active member of the class of 1970.
Last October, with the enthusiastic support of Steve Druggan and the SCH Development Office, and with the encouragement and help of several members of the Alumni Association Executive Board, Barry and Bruce set out to work locating, contacting, and encouraging countless lapsed alumni to rejoin the ranks. Thanks to their remarkable efforts, more than 75 alumni have agreed to serve as class agents for classes ranging from 1956 to 2017. Only four classes now remain without agents.
For their initiative and commitment to the school, and in recognition of their tireless efforts on behalf of all CHA alumni, the Alumni Association has decided that Barry Shannon and Bruce Morgan have earned and should share the 2018 Alumnus of the Year Award.