Albert Lepage Foundation Commits $10 Million to Hebron Academy

By: Hebron Academy
Retiring Head of School John King is pleased to announce that the Albert Lepage Foundation has committed $10 million to Hebron Academy to complete renovations to The Albert Lepage Center for the Arts and to establish the Albert Lepage Center for Diversity. "Albert has been supportive of so many initiatives over the last fifteen years. He is a remarkable friend to Hebron. This particular commitment represents the largest gift ever received by the Academy," said King.

Completion of The Albert Lepage Center for the Arts includes the creation of music performance and classroom space, upgrades to the Androscoggin Theater including theater-style seating and expanded backstage and set spaces, and infrastructure for access, sound management and arts display.

The Albert Lepage Center for Diversity will be established to ensure increased student, faculty and administrative diversity and access to opportunities at Hebron Academy. These funds will endow a Director of the Center for Diversity to coordinate and implement how Hebron values and commits to diversity of thought, people and ideas; provide support for recruiting, hiring and mentoring of minority faculty and administrators and provide financial aid to make the Hebron education affordable to a broad range of families, with the goal to sustain a racially, socio-economically, and culturally diverse student population at Hebron.

"In my 50 year association with Hebron, I have seen how the arts and a diverse community have helped students grow into outstanding adults. My goal is to have my gift continue this tradition for generations to come," said Lepage when asked why he decided to make the gift.

Commenting on behalf of the Board of Trustees, Paul S. Goodof '67 notes "For more than a generation, there has been no finer or more thoughtful steward of Hebron Academy than Albert Lepage. His wise counsel as a trustee and close advisor to several heads of school and board chairs has been incisive and invaluable, and his steadfast philanthropic commitments have enabled the school to offer programs and facilities second to none. This latest expression of support for Hebron is simply breathtaking, and will permanently underpin the breadth and depth of our programs in the arts and assure in perpetuity the access to a Hebron education for students of all backgrounds from near and far. We are profoundly grateful to him."

Deacon William Barrows Trustee Emeritus Albert Lepage '65 joined the family baking company shortly after graduating from Tulane University. He became president in 1978 and chairman in 1983. In 2012, Lepage Bakeries merged with Flowers Foods and Lepage became co-chairman. He served until his retirement in 2014 as chairman of Quality Bakers of America Co-operative, the national licensor of Sunbeam Bread, and as treasurer of the American Bakers Association, the baking industry's leading national organization.
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Hebron Academy is a small, private, co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades six through postgraduate located in Hebron Maine. Students from across the United States and around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful, family atmosphere.