Distinguished Alumni 2015

Distinguished Alumnus - Dr. Colby Jubenville

Colby Jubenville, a 1990 graduate, was honored as the 2015 St. Paul’s Episcopal School Distinguished Alumnus at the third annual Athletic Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumni Banquet on October 15, 2015.  Over 150 people gathered at the Country Club of Mobile to celebrate Colby and the other honorees.  Colby was honored for his career achievements and community contributions.  Colby's acceptance speech gave tribute to his coaches, his teachers and his parents for guiding him in his path in life. 

Colby B. Jubenville, Ph.D. is an accomplished author, speaker, professor, entrepreneur and inventor.  He holds an academic appointment at Middle Tennessee State University as Special Assistant to the Dean for Student Success and Strategic Partnerships and is Principal of Red Herring Innovation and Design, an agency specializing in helping people and organizations become better known, better understood for their unique value.  In 2015, Colby accepted an invitation from the Washington Times to write about self-reliance and developing the entrepreneurial mindset teaching people how to “go their own way”.  Also, in 2015 he received the Nashville Emerging Leaders Impact Award presented by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Nashville honoring those who have made a significant impact on Nashville’s YP demographic.  He regularly speaks on his book Zebras & Cheetahs which teaches others how to look different, run faster and stay agile in the business jungle.   In addition, Jubenville has published over 35 peer-reviewed trade articles and is the founder of The Journal of Applied Sport Management.  Also in 2015, Colby secured a $1,000,000 gift and launched The Center for Student Success and Coaching, a high-profile student success initiative focused on coaching students, enhancing professional preparation and developing soft skills.  He serves as the Director of the Center.

Colby and wife Katie live in Murfreesboro, TN and have two children, Jack and Mary Burke. 

Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts - Michael Knight

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni in the Arts was presented to Michael Knight from the Class of 1988.  Michael is the author of two novels (Divining Rod and The Typist), two collections of short stories (Dogfight and Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody) and a book of novellas (The Holiday Season).  His most recent novel, The Typist, was selected as a Best Book of the Year for 2010 by The Huffington Post and The Kansas City Star, among others.  His fiction has appeared in magazines and literary journals such as Esquire, The New Yorker, Oxford American, Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Saturday Evening Post and The Southern Review.  In addition, his work has been included in Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best.   He is the recipient of a Special Citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation (1999) and the Robert Penn Warren Award for fiction (2013).  Michael teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he lives with his wife Jill and their two children Mary and Helen.

Distinguished Service Awards

This year, two alumni were the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award.  Ashley Graham Brown, from the Class of 1984, was recognized for her service to St. Paul’s and her community.  Ashley is actively involved in the community and has served on the Providence Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Flower Committee and served as Chair for two years.  She was also the Junior League of Mobile’s Christmas Jubilee Chair, the American Heart Association’s Heart Gala Chair, Mobile Ballet’s Nutcracker Ball’s Silent Auction Co-chair, and the Hurricane Katrina Relief Housing Chair at her church.  She is also actively involved at St. Paul’s.  Ashley has served as a grade level representative for many years, an Academic Boosters’ volunteer, a Teacher Appreciation volunteer, the Saints’ Night Silent Auction Co-chair for four years, and the Middle School/Upper School Parent Council Chair.  She is on the Used Uniform Committee and is serving as the Campus Store Volunteer Chair this year and is working part-time in the St. Paul's Campus Store.  Ashley is married to Dr. Chris Brown, also a graduate of the Class of 1984.  She has two children, Madelyn and Mary Stirling. 

The Distinguished Service Award was also being presented to Dr. Grant Zarzour from the Class of 2002.  Grant is currently Chief Resident at the University of South Alabama Medical School in Orthopaedics with an expected graduation date in June 2016.  Grant was the Corporate Relations Chairman for Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out (H.E.R.O.) for Children from 2003-2006.  He helped raise over $300,000 and established the largest collegiate philanthropy in the Southeast while focusing on quality of life improvement for the over 9,000 children affected by HIV/AIDS.  He participated in a four-person panel at an international conference on HIV/AIDS that included Vice-President of World Bank, Vice President of the George Soros Foundation, and Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (AIESEC) Kenya President and planned and managed a meeting of over twenty AIESEC African presidents.  From 2008 to 2009 Grant was the chairman of the “Gumbo Chili Showdown” for the Regan Robinson Young Scholarship Fundraiser.  He managed 10 committees, recruited 42 teams, and raised $15,000 in 2008 and $30,000 in 2009.  In 2011, he was an ambassador for the Addo Institute where he planned and strategized to create trips to Cuba for cultural understanding and service.  Currently, Grant is the marketing director for the GO Kickball South Alabama which engages over 2,700 young professionals a year through athletic activities.  He is the organizer of an exploratory committee for the Mobile Chamber of Commerce Innovation PortAL.  The group aims to create a downtown incubator space to attract new business growth.  He is also Co-founder and Chair of the Executive Board of the Fuse Project, a non-profit based in South Alabama that significantly benefits specific children’s projects.  To date, Fuse Project has raised $350,000 with a goal of $1,000,000 annually by 2020.  Grant lives in Mobile with his wife Brie and son Wyatt.

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