Perkiomen School News

Head of School Mark A. Devey Announces  Bruce Melgary as Cum Laude Induction Speaker

Head of School Mark A. Devey announced that non-profit leader Bruce Melgary will speak at Perkiomen School’s Cum Laude Induction and Institute Distinction Ceremony on Monday, May 1, 2023.  

Bruce Melgary has worked in non-profit organization management for more than 40 years. He served as the founding staff executive director for the four Lenfest family private grantmaking foundations from 1999 through 2014 and managed The Allerton Foundation and The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation as an independent contractor from 2015 through 2018. 

The Lenfest Foundation was Melgary’s first connection to Perkiomen School. He was introduced to the school while establishing scholarships at the Foundation, ultimately helping students to enroll at Perkiomen and other local independent schools.     

Serving the non-profit sector will be a focus of Melgary’s talk.

“Students today are very focused with a vision for what they plan to do,” says Melgary. “It doesn’t matter what your academic degree is, there is a place for you in the non-profit world and there can be many doors opened while on that path.”

Melgary’s career includes six years as an administrative officer in the United States Air Force, holding the rank of captain.  He currently serves as a board or committee member for four nonprofit organizations and is one of three co-editors of The Healthcare Nonprofit Keys to Effective Management. He is a graduate of Grove City College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and earned a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.

“We are honored to welcome Bruce Melgary to Perkiomen School,” says Devey. “As we celebrate the academic achievements of our students, Bruce’s years of experience will provide them with a unique perspective on leadership and career development.”

Induction into the Cum Laude Society recognizes the academic achievement of students in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence (Areté), justice (Diké), and honor (Timé). Institute Distinction honors are given to those students pursuing a capstone project and formal recognition of their work within one of Perkiomen’s four Institutes: Artificial Intelligence, Entrepreneurship, Design or Medicine.