Faculty/Staff Bio

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Paul Parvis

Director of Planned Giving


Work Phone: 860-945-7751

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Paul joined The Taft School in fall 2010. Prior to his arrival, he was Director of Planned Giving for The New York Botanical Garden.

During the course of his career, Paul has held senior administrative, finance, or fundraising positions with Historic Hudson Valley, The Connecticut Historical Society, and the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. He has also taught graduate and undergraduate museum studies and historic interiors courses at the University of Delaware, and served as treasurer and vice-president of the American Friends of Attingham, an organization that promotes the study of English country houses and the Royal Collections at Windsor.  Paul participated as a choir member and served several terms as warden and chair of finance for Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown.  He presently is a trustee appointed by the Bishop of Connecticut for the Episcopal Diocese’s Donations and Bequests for Church Purposes, Inc.

Paul holds a B.A. cum laude in history from the University of Delaware and an M.A. in museum studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta’s prestigious Cooperstown Graduate Program. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at Cooperstown and during his year-long textile curatorial internship at Old Sturbridge Village immediately following graduate school. He also earned highly competitive certificates from the Winterthur Institute—American decorative arts and connoisseurship, the Getty Museum Management Institute, Attingham Summer School—English country houses, gardens, and decorative arts and Royal Collections Studies.

Paul and his wife, Martha, a public school social studies teacher, live in Newtown, Connecticut.

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