Carolyn Thomas Christy '60 is CSG's 2022 Alumna of the Year
Kelly Privette

Columbus School for Girls is proud to announce that Carolyn Thomas Christy ’60 has been selected as the School’s 2022 Alumna of the Year. The CSG Alumna of the Year Award celebrates a CSG graduate who represents the highest principles of CSG, and through that display, has made outstanding contributions in her area of endeavor.

As former Director of Development and Upper School History Teacher at CSG, Christy ensured the School was firmly positioned to continue carrying out its mission to empower girls to discover their distinct potential as learners and leaders. 

For Christy, the distinction of Alumna of the Year holds special significance. Her mother, Virginia Boring Tice Thomas ’31, also received the award. And Christy herself was responsible for creating it in the early 80s while serving as Director of Development. 

“It’s sort of breathtaking,” Christy said. “It’s thrilling to be recognized by your school.” 

CSG played a vital role in Christy’s education and career, and the School’s legacy lives on in her family. Her daughter, Louisa, graduated from CSG in 1989, and her granddaughter, Amanda, graduated in 2019. 

Christy graduated from CSG in 1960 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in history from Connecticut College and a Master’s degree in American history from The Ohio State University. She credits a former CSG history teacher with inspiring her to go into the teaching profession. 

“She really taught you how to think about something,” Christy said. 

Christy taught Upper School history at CSG from 1966 to 1969 and also served as the Senior Class’ Faculty Advisory and President of the Faculty Association. After serving as a substitute history and government teacher for Columbus Public Schools from 1975 to 1976, Christy was asked to return to CSG to serve as Director of Development. During her tenure from 1976 through 2010, Christy led three successful capital campaigns and increased the Annual Giving contributions each year during her time in the role. 

“Carolyn’s dedication to CSG is inspiring,” said Head of School Jennifer Ciccarelli. “As a teacher, she touched the lives of countless students. As Director of Development, she led initiatives to ensure teachers could continue to empower students for generations to come. The gifts of her time and talent are priceless, and I am honored to recognize her as Alumna of the Year.”

Christy will formally accept the award at Alumnae Weekend at 2:00pm on April 29 in the School’s Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater. All alumnae are welcome to attend. To register, visit www.columbusschoolforgirls.org/alumnae/events/alumnae-weekend