Hadzor to Receive Class of ’32 Award

Monday, December 20, 2021

Tom Hadzor '72 '32 Distinguished Alumni AwardThomas Hadzor ’72 has been chosen to receive Mercersburg Academy’s highest honor, the Class of ’32 Distinguished Alumni Award. The prestigious award is presented annually to members of the alumni body who have most distinguished themselves through character, service, and achievement. Other recent award recipients include Gardner Dean Patterson Jr. ’71, Deborah Simon ’74, and Paul Mellott Jr. ’70.

Hadzor has worked as an education advancement professional since 1979—more than 40 years. Throughout that time, he has also served Mercersburg Academy with hard work and dedication.

As associate university librarian for development at Duke University, he oversees fundraising and communications for the Duke Libraries including efforts during The Campaign for Duke and the Duke Forward Campaign. Before Duke, Hadzor worked at Wilkes University as vice-president for alumni development and university relations and Scranton Prep School where he served as director of development. From 1979 to 1981, he was Mercersburg’s annual fund director and coordinator of special programs.

“My fundraising background has been an important skill in each of my paid positions and nonprofit volunteer roles,” said Hadzor. “All I’ve learned about philanthropy is built upon my very first job in the Annual Fund at Mercersburg, thanks to the great mentoring of Don Hill and Jay Quinn.” Hill and Quinn served Mercersburg as teachers and administrators for more than 90 years combined; Hill was assistant head of school for external affairs and Quinn (who died in 2012) held numerous positions in development and alumni affairs and was the school archivist.

While Hadzor generously shares his professional expertise and time with many organizations—including the American Red Cross, his church, and Muhlenberg College (his undergraduate alma mater)—no other organization has benefited more than Mercersburg Academy. Indeed, Hadzor has served the school in just about every fundraising position possible. Since 2012, he has been a member of Mercersburg’s Board of Regents, where he serves as chair of the Reach and Reputation Committee. Hadzor has also served stints as a member and past president of the Alumni Council, a reunion committee member, and a phonathon and donor relations volunteer, as well as a member of the executive committee for Mercersburg’s Daring to Lead campaign. His years of service are too many to list here.

“I am pleased to congratulate Tom on receiving the Class of ’32 Distinguished Alumni Award. It is hard to think of anyone more deserving of this recognition,” said Acting Head of School Quentin McDowell P ’25. “Tom’s contributions to Mercersburg Academy have been extensive and his impact will be felt for generations. Tom truly embodies the Mercersburg values of hard work, character, and community. We are incredibly grateful for his friendship, professional expertise, and steadfast loyalty to Mercersburg.”

As a Mercersburg student, Hadzor was a dorm prefect and played basketball, football, and baseball.

A leadership donor with 45 years of giving to Mercersburg Academy, he is a member of the Via Lucis Society and the William Mann Irvine Society, as well as the Marshall and Irving Alliance. Moreover, he is a Torchbearer with 42 consecutive years of support and the benefactor of the Susan C. Ross and Thomas B. Hadzor ’72 Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Hadzor’s development work has garnered five national awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)—a global nonprofit association dedicated to educational advancement—as well as the University & College Designers Association and the Academic Library Alumni and Development Network. He has also published a chapter in Successful Library Fundraising.

Hadzor earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Muhlenberg College, and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Michigan State University.

He and his fellow Alumni Council Award recipients (who will be announced publicly at a later date) will be saluted during Reunion Weekend 2022. Alumni from Hadzor’s Class of 1972, as well as all classes ending in 2 and 7, will celebrate reunions June 9–12. Visit mercersburg.edu/reunion-weekend for more information.

Hadzor and his wife, Susan, have six adult children: Sarah, Becca, Bobby, Tommy, Andy Ross, and Sarah Ross. They also have six grandchildren.