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Rural Trust President Rachel Tompkins

Students Imagining What’s Possible for Their Communities

Rachel Tompkins is president of the Rural School and Community Trust (Rural Trust). The Rural Trust has long been a driving force in community-centered and place-based teaching throughout the nation. Working in some of the poorest, most challenging rural places, the Rural Trust involves young people in learning linked to their communities, improves the quality of teaching and school leadership, advocates for appropriate state educational policies and addresses the critical issue of funding for rural schools.

Previously, Rachel served as extension professor for Community, Economic, and Workforce Development in the West Virginia University (WVU) Extension Service in Morgantown, W. Va. Tompkins holds degrees from West Virginia University in biology, the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in public administration, and Harvard Graduate School of Education in administration, planning, and social policy. Rachel currently serves on the boards of “What Kids Can do,” the Management Assistance Group, and the High Rocks Educational Corporation. Previously she served on the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees and the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service. She was vice chair of the Annenberg Rural Challenge from 1995-1999, and continues as an ex-officio member of the board of the Rural School and Community Trust.

The Rural School and Community Trust works with 700 school-community partnerships around the nation. “The kids in these projects are showing adults that they can be part of the solution. They are a real force for imagining what’s possible in America’s small towns.” Rachel commented in a feature article for “What Kids Can Do.”

The Montana Heritage Project was featured in the August 2003 issue of Rural Roots, the Rural Trust’s monthly newsletter.

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