The Springside Alumnae Association presents this year’s Distinguished Service Award to Jennifer James McHugh ‘84. This award recognizes an alumna or volunteer who through her or his unselfish devotion to Springside School and now SCH Academy has made an outstanding contribution to the school community.
As a leader and professional in institutional advancement, Jenny McHugh has supported the mission of secondary education for over 25 years. Jenny, Springside class of 1984, is a graduate of Trinity College where she earned the distinction of Presidential Fellow. She started her career in development with a successful Annual Giving program at the Baldwin School. She then brought her superior skill set to Springside School in 1997 where she has since served as Director of Development for over 20 years. At SCH, she leads all aspects of the advancement program. Jenny’s strategic vision and institutional knowledge has run multiple successful capital campaigns, eased the transition of a merger, and implemented a seamless entrance plan of a new Head of School.
Jenny defines the term “multi-tasking," as her skills range far beyond her job description and this is where her service to the school lies. She was hired to be the Development Director, a job she does beautifully, but it is her talents as a decorator, event planner, program supporter, people mover, and community leader that have left her mark on every aspect of the school.
From representing the school at the Chestnut Hill Community Association and building terrariums with Kindergartners to helping with Investment Club or masterminding room and office overhauls, she is there quietly getting the job done. Lucille Ball said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” There is nothing Jenny can’t do or isn’t willing to do.
If she is not in her office, you will find her on the sidelines cheering on our student-athletes, driving the happy cart, or moving furniture to beautify the campus all with a smile on her face while impeccably dressed and accessorized.