Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Carol DeVine

Carol Gose DeVine is the retired Head of The Caedmon School, where she worked from 1970 until 2007. As the Head of School for 26 years, Carol oversaw the development of Caedmon as one of the most diverse independent schools in New York City. This essential aspect of Caedmon informs its mission and, in Carol’s mind, is the best environment in which to educate young children about social justice issues. Carol and her husband volunteered at a shelter for homeless women in Brooklyn, N.Y. for 19 years, readily involving their two children in this work from the age of three. They credit this experience for their children’s current interest in social justice.

One of Carol’s major responsibilities as Head of School was in the area of fund raising.  Prior to the school having a Director of Development, Carol managed their annual fund each year.  She helped organize and run the first capital campaign in the school’s history, which raised in excess of two million dollars.  Carol was also involved in annual funds for her alma maters, as well as in capital campaigns for her church, diocese, and the independent school her children attended.  These campaigns involved goals of one to four million dollars.  She and her husband Fra coordinated the capital campaign for the Mount Holly Community Association, The Campaign for this Historic Building.  During this latter campaign, Carol wrote about a half dozen grant applications.

Carol did her undergraduate work at Albertus Magnus College, completed her Montessori training with the St. Nicholas Montessori Program in London, and received an M.A. and an Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Carol served as a Director on the Board of the Guild of Independent Schools, as a member of the Accreditation Commission for the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), and also as a Board member on the NYSAIS Board of Trustees.  She chaired numerous visiting committees to independent schools throughout New York, evaluating them for the purposes of accreditation by NYSAIS.

After retiring to Vermont in 2008, Carol continued her volunteer work with The Mount Holly Community Association, the Vermont Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra where she is chair of the Southwest Friends of the VSO and also a trustee on the VSO governing board, serving on the education and development committees.

Carol and her husband, Fra, have three children…two are twins, Patrick and Anne born in 1983.  Our oldest is an “adopted” daughter, who came into our lives as an adult at 20 years of age. We also have three grandchildren, a four year old boy, a four month old girl and another girl, who is 2 months old.  They live in New York City and Washington, D.C. but we try to spend as much time as we can with them, especially those three little ones!