“I’ll meet you at the Pan Athletic Center!”
These words will surely become familiar on campus thanks to leadership gifts from Andover parents Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi, P’17, ’19, and two anonymous donors. Their collective $25 million investment in the student experience will launch the next phase of Andover’s Athletic Facilities Master Plan—and have a profound impact on the Academy’s commitment to athletics and health and wellness.
The new Pan Athletic Center will house a swimming and diving complex, dance studios, wrestling facilities, locker rooms, and the Athletics Hall of Honor. The state-of-the-art building will be situated near the Snyder Center. Final design is still being completed, and additional funds will be raised to cover the full cost of the facility before construction begins.
Zhang says her family’s gift—the largest ever from parents without alumni ties—developed naturally as their sons embraced, and were embraced by, the Andover community. “John Palfrey visits China on behalf of Andover every year, and he is always warmly received,” says Zhang. “He is incredibly accessible and that is so rare—to feel he knows our children so well.”
Their philanthropy also addresses a distinct and long-standing Academy objective by ensuring students bene t from a range of exceptional facilities that complement their broad and deep education.
“The Knowledge & Goodness campaign is fundamentally about attracting the best students and bringing them together with a world-class faculty on a campus that elevates mind and body,” says Peter L.S. Currie ’74, P’03, Board of Trustees president and campaign chair.
“Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi have, together with their family, made a bold investment in a new facility that will advance each of these goals.”