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Episode 100: Celebrating 100 Years of Boarding at Darlington

March 14, 2023 | 356 views

Welcome to Episode 100 of The Darlington Podcast! 

In this episode, Chief Advancement Officer Julie Lucas ('97) talks with fellow boarding alumni Scott Dozier ('73), Calista (Harden) Smith ('95, LD '18), Kristen Rachels ('05, LD '16) and Smith Wheeler ('19) in celebration of this year's 100th anniversary of boarding at Darlington School. Darlington welcomed its first group of 30 boarding students in 1923, and today, 100 years later, the school is home to 200 boarding students representing 25 states and 30 countries. 

Julie Lucas joined Darlington's Advancement Office in 2007 and was named chief advancement officer in 2016. Previously, she has served as director of development, director of giving programs and campaign director for Darlington's Second Century Campaign. Julie holds a B.A. in Communication from Loyola University New Orleans. 

Scott Dozier was a three-year boarding student from Ocala, Fla. He joined Darlington's Board of Trustees in 2014 and currently serves as the board's chairman. Scott lives in Atlanta, where he serves as a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch. 

Calista (Harden) Smith was a four-year boarding student from Dayton, Ohio. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is the president of Scale Strategic Solutions, a consulting firm for the education and public health sectors. 

Kristen Rachels was a four-year boarding student from Memphis, Tenn. She lives in Atlanta and serves as the chief marketing officer for Itential, an automation software company. 

Smith Wheeler was a four-year boarding student from Fayetteville, N.C. He is currently a senior at the College of Charleston, pursuing a degree in finance. After graduation, Smith plans to move to Atlanta, where he will work in the financial industry.

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The Darlington Podcast is a collaboration between the communication and advancement teams, and is hosted by various members of the school community. Episodes are released each Thursday morning and available on most podcast platforms (search for The Darlington Podcast in your podcast player). Once new episodes are posted, you'll also be able to find them at www.darlingtonschool.org/podcast. Please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts so that you'll get the latest episode each week! 

The Darlington Podcast intro music was written and performed by Elliot Luitwieler ('22) and Kathryn Davidson ('22). Leigh Hadaway, Upper School history teacher, lends her voice and the editing and production of this episode was handled by Maddie Chastain, content manager.

If you have ideas for future episodes or have any questions about The Darlington Podcast, please email communications@darlingtonschool.org