correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Georgetown Prep posted a job listing this week for a director of alumni relations. The school began advertising for the position in July.
When graduates of your school are getting name-checked on “Saturday Night Live,” (oh, hey there P.J., Timmy and Squi!) it might be time to . . . um, reach out to them, maybe?
Seems Georgetown Prep thinks so: The elite Bethesda school, famously attended by Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, is advertising for a director of alumni relations. According to the want ad, the Jesuit high school is looking for someone to take on the role of “identifying, engaging and cultivating alumni.”
The advertisement, while first listed in July, is circulating as Georgetown alumni are very much in the news: Kavanaugh, of course, dominated the headlines during his confirmation hearings, which were filled with talk of his high school days because of the woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were both teens. Many of Kavanaugh’s classmates were of interest, too, because of their proximity to the alleged incident and to Georgetown Prep’s reportedly hard-partying culture, a topic that was raised repeatedly in the Senate hearings.
Which brought us to that SNL skit, in which Matt Damon as Kavanaugh rattled off the names of high school pals, some real and some invented (we’re guessing that there’s no point in trying to wrangle a donation for the alumni drive out of Handsy Hank).
A spokesman for the school responded to our query about the alumni relations job by pointing to public statements by school leaders disputing the characterization of the school’s culture. “It is a challenging time for Prep,” reads a letter sent last month from the Rev. James Van Dyke, president of Georgetown Prep, to the school community. “But in this time too there is a grace, and I am proud of the way our faculty and staff are responding.”
The spokesman also noted that the job posting began circulating well before the confirmation hearings.