Collection # DRT-30.0-001
Annual Reports of GMA/WA Presidents,
Main Entry: GMA/WA Presidents
34 Files, 19 Bound Volumes
After GMA founder John Charles Woodward died in 1939, his son-in-law
William R. Brewster was appointed President by the Governing Board.
After Brewster retired in 1960, he was replaced by his son William
R. Brewster Jr. Captain Brewster served as President of GMA and
Woodward Academy for twenty years until his retirement in 1980.
Dr. Gary Jones then served for ten years as President until his
retirement in 1990. Tom Jackson came to Woodward in 1990 and served
as the school’s fifth president until 2000 when he retired
and was replaced by Dr. Hank Payne.
In May of each year the GMA/WA Presidents submitted their final
“Annual Report” to the Governing Board. These reports
gave the Presidents the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments
of the concluding school year and to survey strengths and weaknesses
of the school and the prospects of the future. The reports also
often listed the financial status of the school, including assets
and liabilities, as well as the status of the faculty, athletic
programs, and the health and discipline of the students.
Scope and Content:
Arranged in chronological order, this collection consists of 43
typed reports submitted in May of each year, 1958-2000, by the
GMA/WA Presidents to the Governing Board at its final meeting.
All reports are 8.5”x11”. Reports from 1958-1990 are
photocopies in 34 files. Reports before 1982 were stapled. Reports
from 1982-1990 were originally in plastic slide folders. Reports
after 1990 were either spiral bound or hard-bound. Three reports,
1974-1976, included a separate “Headmaster’s Report”
by Headmaster James R. McDowell. The most extensive report was
1990 which included a separate cover “Appendix.” From
1992 until 2000, Tom Jackson also published a “Mid-Year
Report” which he submitted to the Board at the annual January
These “Reports” represent an important account of
the history of the school from the perspectives of its most important
leaders, including some financial records. Although many of the
reports concern the rather mundane ebb and flow the school’s
life, at points in the introductions and conclusions the Presidents
made important observations about contemporary events, such as
Sputnik, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War, and how
these events were shaping the present and future of the school.
Over time these reports became much longer and complex and included
individual reports from nearly all school divisions and organizations.
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