Autumn Graves has established herself as a leader within the education sector. Known as a change agent focused on student experience and outcomes, she balances an institution's resource management and productivity. Mrs. Graves has managed comprehensive program and curricular metamorphosis. Currently a doctoral student in the University of Pennsylvania's Higher Education Management program, her research centers on university-community partnerships.
Autumn Graves recently served as the 16th president of Girard College. Graves successfully managed this Philadelphia anchor institution's $22M annual budget, 43-acre historic urban campus, and 200 employees, including three collective bargaining units. Mrs. Graves' accomplishments include raising more than $2M from private, corporate and government gifts and grants in addition to large-scale program development and implementing changes to decrease costs and increase productivity.
With a rhetoric and history degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in private school leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, Autumn Graves has held significant leadership roles at Mercersburg Academy (PA), Breck School (MN), Sidwell Friends (DC), and Friends Seminary (NY).
Equally important to her work in schools is her commitment to community. This Leadership Philadelphia alumna is an active member of The Metro-Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc. and has been a member of the Junior League for more than a decade. Additionally, she participated on the World Class Education and Talent Development Strategy Team for World Class Greater Philadelphia. Autumn Graves has been an active leader as a board member of the Philadelphia Film Office, an economic development non-profit and the Public Health Management Corporation. Currently, Mrs. Graves serves as an active trustee for the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr.