In September, 1968, a young man from Meredith, New Hampshire enrolled as a sophomore at Proctor. Greg Samaha benefitted from support for reading skills over three years. He is pictured--back right--in this cropped photo of the Carr House crew featuring a young Fowler family.
Greg went on to earn a degree in International Relations from Boston University and eventually went to work at his family's clothing store in Meredith. Years passed. In the fall of 1992, he returned to his alma mater as a campaign consultant within the Development Office. This led to the position of Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, and--eventually--that of an annual fund officer. In this role, Greg emerged as a prolific talent, forging relationships with alumni, parents, past parents and friends of Proctor. Greg has been so successful at what he calls "dialing for dollars" that he has taught peers from schools and colleges "The Art of the Ask." Greg is moving on from Proctor. Today is his last day!
The past few days and weeks have provided opportunities for reminiscence and memories from adventures, trips, events and the relationships that bind us to the greater Proctor community. Below, Greg (with Joe Kahle '95, Keith Barrett '80 and Mike Henriques) flashing Lakers' championship rings and one large shoe at a Los Angeles event a couple of years ago.
This past year, Greg (back, center) was one of twenty alumni employed at Proctor!
Our work may be known as fund raising, but it is an industry fueled by love. The quality of relationships correlates to the advancement of the school. Greg is a master, and we will miss him. Below (front, kneeling) he whoops it up with alumni at this fall's Holderness football game.
Yesterday, the office dragged him over to the Meeting House to show him the seat we've dedicated with a plaque reading "Greg Samaha '71 Twenty Years of Awesomeness!"
This was followed by a reception back in Development, where dozens of friends joined in celebrating a distinguished career. Chris and Kit Norris share a moment with Greg, below.
Greg insists that he is not retiring. He looks forward to projects at his home in Moultonborough, including the installation of solar panels. When he's ready, he'll find his next role. We can't know what that will be, but we can be certain it involves connecting with people!