After graduating from the Lawrenceville School, I won an English Speaking Union scholarship to Gordonstoun School in Scotland. One of my teachers there was Ian Lawson, whom I admired greatly. I promised myself that one day I would do what he did – teach at a boarding school. When I was about 52, the time was right. I planned to teach economics, but quickly realized there was little demand for economics teachers.
The sense of “community.” Everyone is supportive of each other, and there is a strong, positive morale. Much of this can be attributed to Drew Casertano, one of the best CEOs with whom I’ve worked. I think the community service program enables a sense of mutual responsibility in the students, and this helps to create this feeling of community.
I was four one-hundredths of a second away from rowing in the Olympic Games, this being the margin of my second place finish in the Olympic Trials. This was my biggest disappointment.
I was married thirty-eight years ago to my wife Wieska in Poznan, Poland. Our daughter now lives in Poznan and teaches at Wieska’s university there. During the summer between my two years at Cambridge, I drove solo from Cambridge to Lahore, Pakistan, and back, a total of 12 thousand miles. That was an experience!