Independent schools connect with greatness when the alumni step up, exercise leadership, and make it happen. No Hyde alum personifies this leadership more than Jeff Black ‘79.
Following brothers Chris and David, Jeff graduated in 1978 and completed a post-graduate year in 1979. He went on to Old Dominion University graduating with a B.S. in criminal justice. Jeff entered business in the restaurant and hospitality industry. He developed the skills, experience, and acumen to ultimately become CEO of Teleflex, a global corporation with over 14,000 employees specializing in medical technologies.
He began volunteering in the early 2000’s leading to membership on Hyde’s Board of Governors. Jeff became the first alum to serve as the chair in 2007, a board decidedly weighted toward alumni parents. Thanks to Jeff’s example, today’s Board is split equitably between alumni and alumni parents.
Jeff’s belief in Hyde’s mission is exemplified in his support of the school’s growth on several fronts: “beyond the gates” initiatives, the Discovery Process, international admissions markets and the Lennox Outdoor Leadership Center in Eustis, Maine. Jeff has devoted his energies and resources to improve the quality of the student experience by championing advanced technology in our classrooms, state-of-the-art ropes courses and climbing walls, and modern lecture halls for more effective academic instruction.
His commitment does not end when students graduate. In fact, Jeff and his wife Claire have generously sponsored many alums post-Hyde, some as first-generation college students.
Jeff and Claire, parents of three young men and their families, live in St. Augustine, Florida.