Prairie Welcomes New Chief Advancement Officer

Dear Prairie Community,

As you may recall, following the departure of Rick Fields in November we began a restructuring of our development, admissions and communications departments with the goal of having one unified and collaborative Advancement Team. The first step in making this goal a reality is hiring a Chief Advancement Officer to lead the Advancement Team.

Over the past three months, supported by the leading national search firm Carney Sandoe & Associates, we have conducted an exhaustive search. Leaders of the Faculty and Board of Trustees, along with the entire administration, participated in selecting and interviewing three finalists who visited campus a few weeks ago. From these visits, it was incredibly clear that one candidate stood out.

I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Aliya Pitts will join us on April 6th as our new Chief Advancement Officer.

Mrs. Pitts comes to Prairie with more than a decade of experience as an advancement professional and educational administrator. She began her career at Chicago’s Lighthouse for the Blind, then worked for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the consulting firm of Ter, Molen, Watkins & Brandt and most recently as the Vice President of Advancement at St. Catherine’s High School.

With expertise in creating high-functioning teams, developing long-term strategic plans, building partnerships, and a clear history of measurable growth and success Aliya is a great match for our institution. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and her entire elementary and secondary education took place in independent schools. She is actively engaged in the Racine community and currently serves on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Advisory Council.

Please join me in welcoming her to Prairie School.



Nathaniel  W. Coffman, Ed.D.

Head of School