After spending 16 years traveling between New York and Tokyo as an investment banker and eight years as the CFO of a manufacturing company in Boston, Bill Salmons has come home again.
To the Hilltop, that is.
A member of the class of 1973, Bill joined the St. George’s Finance Department as Controller last June. “I now have a 20-minute commute to the most beautiful campus in the world,” he said.
In fact, St. George’s now employs 10 alumni who bring not only memories of their student days, but also a unique ability to bring the story of today’s St. George’s back to their classmates around the globe.
“There's such a wonderful sense of enthusiasm here that [St. George’s] can accomplish pretty much everything we set our minds to,” Bill said. “So giving my classmates the feeling that this is a very positive environment and that the school is really on track hopefully will help them think about supporting the school — and coming back and visiting.”
Since taking on the role of Director of Advancement this past summer, Jedd Whitlock ’94 has been reaching out to classmates he hasn’t spoken to since graduation. Jedd, who will be celebrating his 25th reunion in May, says one of the advantages he has as an alumnus raising money for the school, is that he already has established relationships and that he can share memories. “No matter who you're speaking to — whether it’s someone from the class of 1968 or the class of 1994 — there are a lot of things that you have in common,” he said. “While the times were different, some of the experiences were very much the same.”
Mervan Osborne ’86 joined the faculty this past summer as St. George’s Associate Head for Student Life. “I’m thrilled to be returning to the Hilltop — a place that was absolutely transformative for me,” he told the community upon his appointment. Arriving on the Hilltop directly from Beacon Academy in Boston, where he was a founding faculty member, Mervan is able to bring his expertise as an educator right back to the place that changed his own life.
Ted Sturtevant ’96 is doing the same. Ted, who first worked at St. George’s part time in 2003 and then returned full time in 2010, became chair of the newly formed Creative and Performing Arts Department this year. He brings years of experience in in three-dimensional design, photography, digital media, set design, and business studies to the students, and along with teaching now serves as Technical Theater Director and Maker Space Coordinator. He sees great promise in our students being able to explore their ideas, particularly with 3D printing. “[These students] will be the generation that steers those technologies and solutions, so that’s something that I think is particularly beneficial with respect to how we introduce the students to this type of work,” he said. “It’s a way of utilizing the technology to be able to explore something in a way that was previously impossible.”
Of course, some alumni who come back also find themselves back in the midst of their own mentors.
Justin Cerenzia ’01, who has been teaching history at St. George’s since 2012, this school year became Director of the Merck Center for Teaching. “To think that I'd be here 17 years now after I graduated from here is the most incredible thing I could ever consider,” Justin told fellow teachers at a faculty meeting. “I'm here in large part because of the work of many people in this room who may have taught me ... or helped me get to this point in my professional career — so that's a heartfelt thanks.”
Other alumni faculty and staff members currently employed by St. George’s are English teacher Cory Cramer ’00, art teacher Mike Hansel ’76, Network Manager Carleton Hennion ’94, Director of Admission Ryan Mulhern ’91, and art teacher Ray Woishek ’89.
“I am delighted and honored to work with these proud Dragons every day,” said Head of School Alixe Callen. “Their strong intellects and incredible professionalism are a testament to the quality of a St. George's education. And, without a doubt, their love and dedication for the school is truly inspiring."