#17400 Elisabeth “Betsy” Griffith is a “Dudley Mom” serving her second term on the Dudley Board of Managers. In 2000, Betsy broke new ground with her first tour of duty, becoming the first woman to serve on Dudley’s Board. During this critical 2000-05 period, Dudley expanded its mission to recognize and welcome girls and young women fully into the Dudley program, and later acted on this change with the acquisition of Camp Kiniya in Colchester, Vermont in 2006. Camp Dudley at Kiniya is now in its 7th year as part of the Dudley family. Betsy also served on Dudley’s Governance Task Force in 2010.
Betsy was drawn to Dudley initially, thanks to her son #17147 J.D. Deardourff, who arrived as a camper and rose to the leadership ranks.
From 1988-2010, Betsy served as Headmistress of the Madeira School, in McLean, VA, where she led two capital campaigns that raised $100 million, expanded the physical plant, and directed their Centennial celebration while enhancing the overall vitality of this 106-year old independent private school for girls.
Betsy also served as a consultant, from 1997-99, on the Ken Burns’ PBS Biography Series, “Not For Ourselves Alone: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony,” inspired by the Stanton biography which Betsy had written (“In Her Own Right”). A historian, Betsy is at work now on a book about the Equal Rights Amendment.
Betsy lives in Chevy Chase, MD, has two children, two stepchildren, three sons-in-law, five grandchildren, the newest of which, Wolf Griffith Butterfield, might just arrive on the Dudley campus as a Cub, possibly as early as the 2021 season.