Head of School Margarita Curtis and leaders of the Class of 2018 are pleased to announce that Deerfield alumnus Chris Whipple ’71 will deliver this year’s Commencement keynote address on May 27.
A graduate of Yale University and an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, writer, journalist, and speaker, Mr. Whipple was a multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning television producer prior to founding his own production company. He is the author of the 2017 New York Times best-selling book, The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency. In 2015 his documentary The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs premiered on Showtime to critical acclaim.
Having moderated panels and spoken in such forums as Harvard’s Kennedy School and Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, in addition to having interviewed all seventeen living presidential chiefs of staff and two former presidents, Mr. Whipple is sure to be an engaging and thought-provoking Commencement speaker. He was the subject of a Deerfield Magazine “Tête-à-Tête” interview in the fall of 2016, which you can read here.