Named after Philena McKeen, principal of Abbot Academy from 1859 to 1892, the McKeen Award was created in 1998 by the Brace Center for Gender Studies to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to shaping the new, coeducational Phillips Academy in the spirit of Ms. KcKeen.
About Philena McKeen
Schools would not exist without determined and energetic individuals who guide the co
urse of education. Principal of Abbot Academy from 1859-1892, Philena McKeen devoted herself to the well being of her school and the young women who studied there during her fruitful career of 33 years.From getting better teaspoons for their tea service to revising the curriculum, from worrying about the adequacy of school buildings to paying attention to the eternal souls of her young charges, Miss McKeen found no questions tied to the daily life at Abbot Academy too large of too small. It was said that “from her discontent rose the Academy itself”, for she was a “steady force pushing” for a better community for her students.
McKeen Award Recipients
We at the Brace Center are proud to honor those who have exemplified, inspired, and dedicated leadership in education.
Diane L. Moore, 2011
Susan McIntosh Lloyd, 2006
Jean St. Pierre, 2003
Marion Finbury, 2000
Joseph B. Wennik, 1999