Last night we welcomed our 2018 Billingsley Lecture Series Speaker Wes Moore to campus to address our students, faculty, and staff.
Wes Moore is the CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He is a bestselling author, a combat veteran, and a social entrepreneur. Wes' first book, "The Other Wes Moore," a New York Times bestseller, caught the country's attention with a story about the fine line between success and failure in the adolescent journeys of two young men. This past summer, we gathered together as a school community to read his book as a part of our All-School Read. We spent the fall trimester focusing on the core values outlined in Moore's work through conversations in classrooms, sit-down meals, dormitories, and on the athletic fields.
The Billingsley Lecture Series was established in memory of Walter Billingsley, a highly respected member of the Class of 1982. Walter served as President of the School and earned the Crosby Medal at his graduation. Sadly, in January of 1988 Walter died tragically in an automobile accident. To honor his memory and perpetuate his values, Walter's family, friends, classmates and teachers, along with a generous contribution from the Grace L. and Henry Doherty Foundation, funded a lecture series in his name. The Billingsley is an annual event eagerly anticipated and greatly appreciated by students and faculty.
Prior to addressing the crowd, our guest speaker graciously thanked the Billingsley family for providing him with this speaking opportunity. Mr. Moore was thrilled to be a part of our annual speaker series that honors the spirit of Walter Billingsley '82. We couldn't be happier to have had him join our community for a wonderful event. Thank you, Mr. Moore.
What a great day to be a Knight!