On Friday, February 23, Head of School Sheila Culbert announced the appointment of Duncan A.L. MacLean '90 as Loomis Chaffee's 14th chair of the Board of Trustees. Duncan will succeed Christopher K. Norton '76, who will conclude his service on the board at the end of June.
Duncan is president and CEO of the MacLean-Fogg Company, a four-generation, family business headquartered in Mundelein, Illinois. MacLean-Fogg partners with key customers to engineer, manufacture, and distribute products for the automotive and power utility marketplaces worldwide. Duncan joined the company in 1996 as a manufacturing engineer following his education at Dartmouth College, where he earned bachelor of arts, bachelor of engineering, and master of engineering management degrees in mechanical engineering. In 2008, Duncan earned a master's of business administration in finance from Northwestern University. Elected to the board of directors of the company in 1998, Duncan has served as president of MacLean-Fogg since August 2015 and assumed the additional role of chief executive officer in November 2017.
A 1990 graduate of Loomis, Duncan was a four-year boarding student from Libertyville, Illinois. While on the Island, Duncan participated in varsity football, skiing, and track; during the winter and spring of his senior year, he led the ski and track teams as a captain. An active Loomis alumnus, Duncan served as the chair of his 20th and 25th reunions as well as the co-chair of his 15th reunion. He joined the Head's Council in 2009 and then the Board of Trustees in 2010. For the past six years, he served as a national co-chair of Our Time Is Now: The Centennial Campaign for Loomis Chaffee, which raised $131 million, surpassing its $100 million goal. During his board tenure, Duncan has chaired the Finance Committee and has served on the Buildings & Grounds Committee; the Campaign Executive Committee; the Campaign Steering Committee; the Committee on Trustees; the Development Committee; the Head's Evaluation Committee; the Investment Committee; and the Leadership Gifts Committee.
When asked about his new role on the board, Duncan shared: "I am flattered, honored, and significantly humbled to be chosen by my peers to be the 14th chair of our fine institution, but overwhelmed at the concept of succeeding someone who has had such an impact on Loomis. Chris's love for and commitment to Loomis is what helped me solidify my commitment of service to the school. He is not only a great Pelican, but a great friend."
Duncan is one of several current Trustees whom Chris Norton recruited to the board during his tenure as chair. Elected a Trustee in 1997, Chris was named chair in May 2004. In addition to his role as ex officio member of all board committees, Chris steered the school through a number of important milestones, including the 2007 selection of a new head of school; the conclusion of the highly successful Our Time Is Now: The Centennial Campaign for Loomis Chaffee; and the planning for and completion of several strategic priorities, including major construction projects, the growth of the endowment, and the expansion of the school's boarding population. In 2012, Chris championed the creation of the Norton Family Center for the Common Good, named in recognition of his three-generation family, which brought an increased focus to Loomis' mission to inspire in its students a commitment to the best self and the common good.
A four-year boarding student from North Westchester, Connecticut, Chris was a three-season varsity athlete in football, swimming, and lacrosse at Loomis, captaining the swimming team in both his junior and senior years and the lacrosse team as a senior. Honing his leadership skills, Chris served on the student council for four years, as president of the Loomis Athletic Association, and as vice president of the senior class, among several other on-campus organizations and committees. At graduation, Chris received the Nathaniel Horton Batchelder Prize for Industry, Loyalty, and Integrity as voted by the faculty.
In addition to Chris, Norton family alumni include his father, Nicholas "Nick" Norton '48; his brother Andrew Norton '80; and four of Chris's children, Katie Norton Magovern '04, Lexi Norton '05, Kiley Norton '07, and Oliver Norton '10.
Following his graduation from Haverford College in 1980 and an early role as vice-president of in the Corporate Bond Department for Salomon Brothers, Chris enjoyed a nearly 20-year career with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. When he left the firm in 2005, Chris was head of the company's Americas Institutional Business Development Group. In 2016, Chris was named president of The Washington Center, the largest and most established student internship program in Washington, D.C.
In announcing Chris's retirement from the board, Sheila shared: "All who have served with Chris appreciate his thoughtful and inclusive approach to governance, his deep commitment to education, and his love for Loomis. We thank him for his more than 20 years of distinguished service to the school, and thank his family for sharing him with us all these years."