Contact Institutional Advancement

Phone Numbers
Street Address
Nathaniel Gilman House
46 Front Street
Exeter NH 03833-2460
Mailing Address
Phillips Exeter Academy
Office of Institutional Advancement
20 Main Street
Exeter, NH 03833-2460
Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Federal Tax ID No: 02-0222174

Meet the Team

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I grew up in Exeter and have always lived in the Seacoast area. In 1983, I joined the Academy in the Annual Giving Office. Over the years, I continued fundraising for Exeter in both the Capital Giving and Planned Giving offices.

Brett Berger

Brett Berger

Director of Prospect Research and Management
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Since joining Institutional Advancement in 2004, I have had the privilege of working with a talented and dedicated group of individuals. I enjoy collaborating with campus partners with the goal of fostering lifelong connections with alumni, parents, and the greater Academy community.  

As Manager of Advancement Operations, I provide leadership oversight within the team, ensuring quality of work, upholding industry best practices, and offering creative solutions to the many aspects of service the Operations team provides. 


Laura Crawford

A native of Exeter and a member of the Institutional Advancement team since 2004, I’ve spent my Exeter career working in data management and currently hold the role of manager of advancement information services. I am responsible for developing strategic business process improvements, reporting and analytics solutions, and vendor and project management expertise related to the Academy’s Institutional Advancement mission. We work with a variety of software vendors to provide our colleagues with the information and tools they need to be successful.  

Carol Culbertson

I am originally from the Philadelphia area but became a New England transplant in 2003 after hiking the Appalachian Trail and falling in love with New Hampshire. I have lived in Exeter since 2009 and hope to call it home for many years to come. My professional experience has been primarily with human services agencies within the nonprofit field, including operations, database management, gift recording and event planning. I was thrilled to join this community within the larger Exeter community in May 2018. 

Michelle Curtin

I joined the Alumni Relations team in 2008. After earning a master’s degree in Education at Suffolk University, I worked for several years in higher education as an academic counselor, engaging with students one on one and teaching freshman seminar courses. I am passionate about the educational experience. Working in Exeter's Office of Institutional Advancement has allowed me to expand my understanding of the educational experience and discover the impact it can have on students’ lives long after they have graduated.

Morgan Dudley

Exeter changed my life, and offered opportunities I would never have had growing up in a small college town nearby. It is a privilege to come back to serve the Academy, and to help build a strong and secure future for our school and help provide those same opportunities to others.

Susan Fairbanks

I moved to the Seacoast with my family in 1998. I joined the Academy in 1999 in the Advancement Operations Department, starting in the Records Office as an information services specialist. In 2001, I moved over to Gift Recording as a contribution management specialist. In the nearly 20 years that I have been with the Academy, I have processed millions of dollars of contributions, been responsible for tens of thousands of receipts and answered thousands of questions.