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July 06, 2020

Three new members join Phillips Academy Board of Trustees

New board president takes the helm

Amy C. Falls ’82, P’19, ’21, incoming president of the Phillips Academy Board of Trustees, announced today that two new members have been elected to the board. Dr. Christopher J.W.B. Leggett ’78 of Duluth, Georgia, and William M. Tong ’91 of Stamford, Connecticut, will serve four-year terms as alumni trustees beginning July 1. Dr. Raynard S. Kington, who officially assumes his role as Andover’s 16th head of school today, becomes an ex officio trustee and clerk of the board.­­­

Dr. Raynard S. Kington

Outgoing board president Peter L.S. Currie ’74, P’03, described Falls as “a devoted trustee with broad institutional knowledge, financial savvy, and exceptional ability to engage and motivate others.” Falls was Andover’s first chief investment officer (2005–2011) prior to her current role as CIO of The Rockefeller University. She has been a charter trustee for eight years and serves with Currie and Joe Bae ’90, P’21, ’23, as cochair of the Knowledge & Goodness campaign. One of her first acts as board presidentelect in 2019 was to chair Andover’s Head of School Search Committee, which led to the appointment of Kington, who comes to Andover after serving for the last 10 years as president of Grinnell College in Iowa.

Amy C. Falls ’82, P’19, ’21

Falls becomes the first woman to lead Andover’s Board of Trustees. Her record of service has earned high praise across generations of alumni and parents. Her leadership on the campaign front has meant personal investment in Andover’s future, as well as strategic involvement in all facets of planning and execution. Falls holds degrees from Georgetown University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition to CIO roles at Rockefeller and Andover, her professional experience includes positions with Morgan Stanley as managing director and global fixed income strategist.

Christopher J.W.B. Leggett ’78

Christopher J.W.B. Leggett, a clinical academic interventional cardiologist, has received international recognition for his professional life’s work. For 30 years, his patient care and clinical research contributions have helped shape the field of interventional cardiology. Leggett has worked to eliminate the disparities that exist in access to life-saving interventional cardiovascular technologies for women and vulnerable, underserved populations. He has been honored with the American Heart Association’s Physician of the Year Award, Ford Motor Company’s Unsung Heroes Freedom Award, and the National Medical Fellowship Distinguished Alumni Award.

Leggett graduated from Princeton University and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and cardiovascular fellowships at Emory University and the University of Alabama. His volunteer service for Andover includes four years on the Alumni Council’s Non Sibi Committee, (MS)2 outreach program supporter, and Atlanta regional host/speaker.

William M. Tong ’91

As Connecticut’s 25th attorney general, William M. Tong is the state’s lawyer and is responsible for all civil legal matters affecting Connecticut. He supervises the largest law firm in the state, with 300-plus staff and more than 200 lawyers. Tong is leading a 49-state lawsuit against the nation’s major generic drug manufacturers for price fixing and other antitrust violations. He was previously a state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly, where he served as chair of the Judiciary Committee and, before that, the Banking Committee.

Tong gave the Academy’s “Youth from Every Quarter” address during All-School Meeting earlier this year. In his remarks, he spoke of his background as the son of immigrants and how his time at Andover shaped his views on justice and his work on immigration. An active Andover volunteer, Tong recently served on the Alumni Council and as part of its Equity and Inclusion Committee. Also a class agent, Tong served on his 25th Reunion committee.

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