(Philadelphia, October 25, 2016)—Caroline B. “Cackie” Rogers has been unanimously elected vice chairman of the Academy of Music (AOM) Board of Trustees. Rogers will assume the role of chairman of the Board of Trustees in the spring of 2017, succeeding Adele Schaeffer, who has been the Academy’s chairman since 2013.
“It is enormously gratifying to know that Cackie is taking on these responsibilities,” Schaeffer said of her successor. “Her enthusiasm and skill are perfect for the role, and everything she has undertaken for the Academy and for The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has been a rousing success. This beloved institution is in very good hands.”
Rogers was co-chairman for the Academy’s 151st Anniversary Concert and Ball in 2008. She will continue to serve on The Philadelphia Orchestra Association’s Board of Directors, to which she was elected in 2013.
The Academy of Music is the oldest continuously operating opera house in the United States. Constructed in 1857, it has recently seen renovations that have renewed the grandeur and structure of the building affectionately known as “The Grand Old Lady of Locust Street.” The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has owned the Academy of Music—a National Historic Landmark—since 1957. The Orchestra annually returns to its original home—where it performed for over a century—for the Academy Anniversary Concert, one of the city’s most highly anticipated and attended events.
Rogers is noted for her participation throughout a wide range of institutions in Philadelphia and beyond. She is a trustee and chairman of the Development Committee of the Philadelphia Zoo and is on the Board of Directors of the Church Farm School. Among the other boards she has served on are those for the Shipley School, the Haverford School, and Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Cackie Rogers to Become Chair of Academy of Music in 2017
A graduate of Princeton University, Rogers lettered for four years in field hockey and lacrosse and currently serves on the board of the Princeton Varsity Club. She also continues that athletic interest as a volunteer field hockey coach at the Shipley School.
Adele Schaeffer, whom Rogers succeeds, has accrued many outstanding accomplishments in the role of chairman of the Academy of Music. She has significantly increased support for the Academy Anniversary Concert and Ball and the Academy’s Restoration Fund, and during her tenure a $3.25 million renovation of the Academy of Music’s HVAC system was completed.
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