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National Award Shines Light on a Career Devoted to Students

Cammie’s receipt of the 2017 Everett E. Gourley Award from the Enrollment Management Association, the nation’s premier professional organization for those who work in independent school admissions and management, is an opportunity to reflect further on an impressive career.

Over the last 23 years, Camille M. Bertram, founder of The Bertram Group, has helped hundreds of families navigate the complex world of educational offerings to find the best fit for their children. She has a particular specialty in helping families explore the many varied options in boarding schools. She also serves families whose struggling teens need a school placement with therapeutic services to get their education back on track. “I love being an advocate for kids.” Bertram explained. “It is gratifying to watch their personal growth and know that I’m helping them create a pathway on their lifetime journey.”

Cammie grew up on the campus of The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where her father, James V. Moffatt, worked for more than four decades, serving as a Director of Admission, Director of Development, and Associate Headmaster. In the 1950's Moffatt also was a leader in the collaborative initiative of ten schools that led to the creation of the Secondary School Admission Test, commonly known as the SSAT, which is the most widely used assessment tool for applicants to independent school in grades 3-11.  Out of this work, the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB) was born, which not only oversaw the test but also became the forum to discuss and voice issues of common concern among independent school admission officers. 

Over the years SSATB and the services it offered to member schools grew, and in 2016, SSATB changed its name to The Enrollment Management Association to better reflect the broad range of research, resources, tools, and training it offers to schools and enrollment leaders.

In 2017 the EMA presented Cammie with the 2017 Everett E. Gourley award at its annual conference in New Orleans. “This award goes to individuals who are an inspiration for those who serve in admission,” said Tom Southworth, Senior Boarding School Advisor, American Education Group - Vietnam, and former Director of Admission at the Loomis Chaffee School. “The Gourley Award recipient must be an educator, demonstrate a profound interest in students, and have a deep concern for colleagues. Cammie Bertram is the personification of all three of these qualities.

“My father was a mentor to so many students and faculty,” Cammie said in accepting the award. “It is an honor to carry on his legacy.”

Cammie also mentioned The Hill School’s motto, “Whatsoever things are true,” which is inspired by Philippians 4:8 and which encourages students to guide their actions based on integrity and staying focused on what is important. “That motto is always in my heart and in my head,” she said. “It represents a standard of excellence in how I build trusting relationships with students, families, and colleagues.”