On a beautiful late summer evening, nearly 250 guests sprawled across the Pierce House lawn on August 29 to mingle with each other and WRA's new Head of School Suzanne Walker Buck. The event was the first in a series of gatherings, themed as "The Buck Stops Here" tour, for the newly appointed Head, Reserve's 32nd, and members of the WRA family.
"The opportunity to serve here at WRA is one I do not take lightly," Buck said. "I am deeply honored to be a part of a school with incredible traditions, values and vision."
Buck spoke of her plans and goals during her inaugural year.
"A big part of my journey is understanding the culture and immersing myself in this community. It is really important to me and my husband Johnny to create a sense of home for our students. At WRA, students are part of something that is bigger than themselves. We want them to feel included, known, needed and cared for. We can challenge them to become their best selves."
Among Buck's many early initiatives are student events planned for Pierce House, including a movie night - featuring "Godzilla" - planned for the long Labor Day weekend. Buck talks often of the importance of coming together in community.
"Some of the traits I see in students today, in terms of their eagerness, authenticity and desire to engage with one another and ideas are the same traits reflected in the alumni and parents of Reserve." She thanked the event's attendees for creating an institution that stands the test of time with core values - excellence, integrity and compassion - that guide and endure across generations.
Buck can't wait to meet our multi-generational Reserve family at these other stops on "The Buck Stops Here" tour:
Oct. 2 - New York, NY
Oct. 16 - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 23 - Chicago, IL
A cornerstone of Buck's plans and personality is the nurturing and expression of joy.
"We want to look at how we define and experience joy and how we create opportunities for joy to exist. Joy is not the antithesis of resilience - it is a byproduct."