Fellow St. Paul’s Saints:
I am honored to serve as a co-chair of this year’s Saints’ Fund and especially pleased to represent those of us who live outside of Mobile. I strongly believe that a St. Paul’s education is more important now than ever before. I challenge us all to do what we can financially to ensure that current and future Saints share in the rewarding St. Paul’s experience.
When I think of the ideals and values of St. Paul’s a few words come to mind: opportunity, family, and faith. St. Paul’s gave us the opportunity to challenge ourselves and each other personally, academically, and athletically. St. Paul’s also represents a true family that encouraged and supported us while we were on campus and has stayed with us throughout our lives and careers. Most importantly, with a St. Paul’s education grounded in the Episcopal faith, we learned the value of serving in our communities and striving to put the needs of others before our own.
There is not a week that goes by that I do not think about my St. Paul’s experience and the lessons that have stayed with me for the last 25 years. I know we were all greatly impacted by individual teachers, coaches, and administrators. In my case, Mr. Helmsing’s contagious passion for public policy and international affairs greatly influenced what I studied in college and charted the course of my career. After surviving Mr. Currie’s class, I can honestly say there have been very few academic or professional challenges that I did feel I could tackle. And Coach Bob and Coach Strange taught me that through hard work, resilience, and focus you can overcome any obstacle life puts in front of you, even an embarrassingly slow 40-yard dash!
While our daughter Cricket has not had the opportunity to attend St. Paul’s herself, Lindsay and I have always made it a priority to support the Saints’ Fund. We believe wholeheartedly in the culture and the people that make St. Paul’s extraordinary. I am excited that my sister Susan’s boys will have the same incredible privilege to grow up as Saints – but I do hope that they have inherited her athletic abilities!