Miss Hall's School Names Business Administrator

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PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — Miss Hall's School has named Aaron Gordon, of Lenox, as the School's new Director of Finance and Operations.
 
Gordon, who brings experience in nonprofit finance, higher education administration, strategic planning, student and residential life, and operations, most recently served as Director of Student Administrative Affairs, Strategy and Planning at Williams College.
 
In that role, he was the central administrative and budget officer for the college's Division of the Dean of the College, working closely with the Dean of the College on a variety of matters, including, but not limited to, budget creation, strategic planning, emergency response, and communications, overseeing annual budgets totaling $14 million.
 
At Miss Hall's, Gordon will work with senior administrators and the School's Board of Trustees to ensure fiscally responsible and mission-aligned decision-making. His role will include overseeing all financial and operating functions, including budgeting, financial reporting, monitoring investment accounts, and campus services. He will also serve on the School's Leadership Team, the senior administrative team that meets regularly to exchange information, set institutional goals and policy, advise the Head of School, and anticipate future needs and opportunities for the School's ongoing success.
 
"I am thrilled that Aaron will be bringing to MHS his experience, student-centered focus, and collaborative approach, while also providing visionary leadership for finance and operations and the entire school," said Miss Hall's Head of School Julia Heaton. "Aaron's strengths in nonprofit finance and educational administration, combined with his enthusiasm for working toward a shared mission and vision, make him an important and valued addition to the leadership team. We are excited to welcome Aaron to the MHS community."
 
A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, with a B.A. in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Gordon also holds an M.B.A. from Clarkson University Graduate School. He joined Williams in 2005 as Assistant Director of Campus Life – Residential Programs, responsible for all aspects of student housing. In 2011, he was named
 
Director of Divisional Business Affairs, serving as the central administrative and budget officer for the Division of Campus life. In that position, he worked closely with the human resources, facilities, and food service departments, as well as other operational areas, while overseeing budgets totaling $36 million. ' Gordon served in that role until June 2020, when the division merged with the Division of the Dean of the College.
 
A member of the Eastern Association of College & University Business Officers and Rotary International, Gordon also previously served as a Board Member and Vice President of Finance with the Northern Berkshire United Way and Treasurer of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown. Gordon currently resides in Lenox with his wife and two children.

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Owner of Abandoned Cats Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A woman accused of abandoning more than a dozen cats during snowstorm a year ago has pleaded guilty. 
 
Kelly Hathaway of Pittsfield pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of animal cruelty in Central Berkshire District Court as part of a plea agreement. Following the plea agreement, she was ordered to have a mental health evaluation and follow any after care as instructed by the court.
 
She was placed on two years probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. She is not allowed to possess any animals and was ordered to surrender any she has in her care. She is also prohibited from volunteering with any animal groups.
 
Hathaway and another defendant were charged last March with abandoning 15 cats on back roads in Richmond and Lanesborough after an investigation by Lanesborough Police, Lanesborough Animal Control and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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