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Educating Boys - It's What We Do!

2019 Billingsley


Jany Deng was born in 1975 in Jakau, a small town in South Sudan. In 1987 Jany’s life changed forever. Civil war broke out, and he and others began walking out of South Sudan to seek safety. Jany walked more than 2,000 miles toward the border of Ethiopia with nothing to eat or drink.

“I did the best I could to survive walking for four months until I reached a refugee camp where I was resettled and stayed for four years. During the 1991 Ethiopia Civil War, I was forced to flee again, walking another 2,500 miles toward Kenya. While in the Kenyan refugee camp, we became known as ‘The Lost Boys of the Sudan.’ Finally, the United States offered to resettle us to America.”

Jany Deng became a leader in the United States for The Lost Boys of the Sudan, a nonprofit, humanitarian organization. He completed his B.S. degree in Social Work at Arizona State University while working full-time as Program Director growing the mission of The Lost Boys of the Sudan.

Currently, Jany Deng lends his time and talent to The Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development, working with refugee children and young adults. He also serves as the Associate Executive Director of the international nonprofit, The Queen Esther Project, helping with their ambitious agenda to educate and eradicate tyranny and genocide to prevent human suffering.

Jany Deng, pictured above with his daughter, is a dad, a humanitarian, a public speaker/figure, a marathon runner, and a man Arizona is proud to call “their native son.”

About The Walter Billingsley '82  Lecture Series:

Walter Billingsley was a highly respected member of the Class of 1982 and served as president of the School.  At graduation, Walt was honored with the Crosby Medal.
At Bowdoin College he pursued his love of learning and the outdoors.  Walt was a gifted linguist and a fine competitive skier.  He loved travel and had a strong interest in Latin America.

In January 1988, Walt Billingsley died in an automobile accident. His classmates wanted to honor his memory and perpetuate his values. They did so with the Walter Billingsley ’82  Memorial Lecture Series. Its purpose is “to expose the Salisbury community to a range of unusual and inspirational individuals speaking on issues of general interest and importance.”

Thanks to gifts from Walt’s friends, classmates and teachers, and to a generous contribution from the Grace L. and Henry Doherty Foundation, this lecture series is an annual event eagerly anticipated by all.

For further information about the Billingsley Lecture Series, to make contributions, or to suggest future speakers, please contact:
Chisholm S. Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17, Headmaster
Salisbury School

251 Canaan Road

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The Salisbury faculty know and understand young men, and celebrate what it means to be a boy.  As a school designed for boys, our emphasis on relational learning enables Salisbury faculty to build authentic relationships with each student.  When a student feels known and valued, he is empowered to persevere through challenges and stay actively engaged.  Our distinctive course offerings are carefully designed to prepare students for the rigors of college and to think independently.  The all-boys classroom nurtures the confidence to take risks and inspires growth. Numerous resources are available to guide students while accomplishing his goals and reaching his full potential.  

In the classroom and on the field, Salisbury transforms a young man's character to graduate confident, spirited, curious, and loyal gentlemen and brothers.