Pam and Tom Roberts Step Into Their Latest Roles as Annual Fund Co-Chairs

As new arrivals to Richmond in 1995, Pam and Tom Roberts soon began thinking about schools as they grew their family. They knew about Collegiate from word of mouth as well as from friends who had attended the School.
“Collegiate had a strong reputation,” Tom said. “And we were struck by the sense of community and the strong alumni network it offered.”

Pam agreed. “We were interested in not just the academic side but the community of Collegiate and its strong traditions.”  

Since becoming part of that community, the Roberts say the School has impacted them and their three children, Sam ‘18, Luke ‘19 and Jane ‘24, greatly.

“Collegiate has given them that sense of community and also a strong education,” Pam said. “The strong academics propelled them forward, but also shaped them into good people and good citizens.”

A self-proclaimed Army brat, Tom says attending multiple schools as a child never gave him a sense school could be called home. 

“Collegiate has been, in many respects, that for our family and kids,” he said. 
 
Because they feel so committed to the School, the Roberts have not shied away from lending a hand when asked. Pam has volunteered in several roles with the Parents’ Association. The couple attended the Winter Party & Auction for many years. Pam later worked in Collegiate’s Development Office for seven years, focused on running the Winter Party.  

“We wanted to be more involved and just starting rolling up our sleeves a little bit,” she said. 

There is no shortage of opportunities to get involved at Collegiate, Tom says. Which is why the couple has signed on to serve as co-chairs of the 2019-20 Annual Fund to help increase its goal.
 
“We understand the importance of the Annual Fund and how tuition dollars don’t cover the cost of every student,” Pam said. “We think it’s important that as parents we can chip in and give as appropriate. We know how important all the programs are that Annual Fund helps to support.” 

The couple enjoys partnering with the Development Office to improve upon Annual Fund giving, not only help bridge the gap between tuition and school operations, but to help keep tuition increases manageable.

“We are happy to help when called upon,” Tom said. “The more progress we can make on the Annual Fund, the less sensitivity there will be regarding tuition increases. So helping the Development Office improve that is the ultimate goal.”
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