Celebrating Salem's 250th Anniversary

Salem Academy and College announces the upcoming Celebration of Salem’s 250th Anniversary to be held during the academic year of 2021-22. We will be commemorating and celebrating both Salem’s remarkable history AND our inspiring future as a trailblazer in education for girls and women.

The year-long recognition will include a special focus on all of Salem’s traditional events, beginning with Orientation 2021 and concluding with Graduation 2022. We will also celebrate with a number of special events, listed below, kicking off with a Concert and Dinner Dance on September 25, 2021, and wrapping up with a Finale Weekend that includes Founder’s Day on April 22, 2022, and Reunion Weekend April 22-24, 2022.

Share your ideas

As we prepare for this historic year, we wish to identify meaningful ways to engage alumnae, students, faculty, staff, and friends across generations, experiences, and identities. Please provide us with your suggestions for what would make this celebration meaningful.


We will invite the participation of people from across the many groups that comprise Salem - both internal and external, alumnae and community partners, students, faculty and staff - to shine a bright light on the importance of Salem’s mission, values, and contributions - past, present, and future. If you have an interest in being involved in creating and implementing the 250th Celebration, please complete this volunteer form.

Spotlight Events

An Evening for Salem - September 25, 2021

  • Concert with the Winston-Salem Symphony in Hanes Auditorium
  • Dinner Dance in the Refectory
  • Dining with Friends Dinners hosted around the country

The Journey from Bethlehem, PA to NC – September 28-October 26, 2021

Commemoration of Cherokee students who attended Salem – October 4, 2021

Community Day – April 9, 2022

Health Leadership Forum – April 21,2022

Founders Day – April 22, 2021

Reunion Weekend – April 22-24, 2022

250th Leadership

National Chairs: Ellen Todd Drew C’81, Laila Muhammad C’03, Rolonda Watts A’77
State Chairs: Niya Fonville C’05, Caroline Wannamaker Sink C’79, Gwynne Stephens Taylor C’72
Local Chairs: Ginger Hendricks C’00, Liz Romo Kelly C’19, Annette Perritt Lynch C’75, Natasha Smith A’96

Steering Committee

Spotlight Events Committee Chairs

Kick-off Concert – Liz Boyd Rader C’79
Kick-off Dinner Dance – Brenda Fenton Gerding C’81 and Margaret Driscoll Townsend A’81
Kick-off Dining with Friends – needs a chair
Journey from Bethlehem, PA to NC – Deana Bass Williams C’95
Cherokee Commemoration – needs a chair
Community Day – Shari Dallas White C’83 and Andrea Falden Hulighan C’04
Health Leadership Forum – Ann Wilson Cramer C’66 and Jennie Smith McLaurin C’81
Reunion Weekend – Beth Murray C’92 and Spence Brooks O’Neill A’97

General Committee Chairs

History – Michelle Lawrence (Academy faculty) and Cynthia Marvin (College faculty)
Academic and Student Affairs – Collier Lumpkin (College staff) and Ashley Pearson (Academy staff)
Alumnae Events – Abrea Armstrong A’09 and Karla Gort Fisher C’00
Community Partnerships – BJ Buckland C’90 and Stephan Dragisic
Neighborhood Partnerships (Old Salem and Moravian entities) – Johanna Metzgar Brown C’89
Branding and Marketing – Angel Coleman C’98 and Katherine Montgomery White C’02
Commemorative Items – Ginger Harris Shuler C’77 and Heather Morgan Zifchak C’93
Lovefeast – Victoria Lasley C’14
History Play – Rah Bickley A’82

Board of Trustees Sub-Committee for the 250th

Ellen Todd Drew C’81, chair
Robin Howell A’79
Susan Lundeen Smith C’72
Mary Lou Ford Stott C’69
Staff Chair: Katherine Knapp Watts C’80


Save the Year! 2021-22 promises to be a great one!