Speers, Christopher

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Assistant Director of Development


Bates College, B.A.

I grew up as a faculty brat on a small boarding school campus in Delaware, so arriving at Dublin felt a lot like coming home. While growing up in the mid-atlantic, my family always brought my three younger brothers and me north to New Hampshire and Vermont for summer and winter vacations. I took a "gap year" after high school and got a taste for politics and the real world while working as an intern in the Governor's office in Massachusetts. 

I got the travel bug early on and have been fortunate to see the world. I worked on a pig farm in Germany, studied abroad in Kenya, led trips out west, gone on safari in South Africa, led hiking trips up Kilimanjaro and through the Serengeti, explored the great pyramids of Egypt, and once coached cricket at a school in Botswana. Before arriving at Dublin I lived in Boston and ran cultural exchange and homestay programs for international students coming to the US. 

Rosy, our dog Enzo, and I are excited to be living in the Monadnock dorm and beautiful Dublin, NH!

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? My Mom and Dad (both high school English teachers). They model the best of who I want to be when I grow up.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Attentive. Patient. Adventurous.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?  Memorial field. I love going up there right at dusk, or just as the sun is rising. Our dog Enzo loves running around the field.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? I turned down a job at Dublin right out of college. I know, big mistake...what was I thinking! Instead I went to work for the Governor of Massachusetts. I spent two years traveling all over the commonwealth, country, and to over a dozen countries promoting Massachusetts. Most importantly though I met a beautiful woman named Rosy. After some convincing she finally agreed to marry me. Now we've moved to Dublin and I'm excited to join the Development team. So in the end, things have a funny way of working out!

If I had a free afternoon I would.. Head to the lake with our dog, a good book, and hope to run into some old friends.