St. Augustine High holds first alumni summit

    A group of St. Augustine High School leadership and alumni gathered at the school’s campus Aug. 17 for the school’s first Alumni Summit.
    The purpose of the event was to bring together all of St. Aug’s alumni and chapters, to build strong relationships and to promote consistency with all fund-raising partners. The summit also was streamed on the St. Augustine website, which allowed alumni from across the country to participate.
    As St. Aug’s Alumni Advisory Board president, I was the master of ceremony and welcomed the nearly 100 alumni in attendance, including those participating online.
    After the opening prayer by our campus minister, Father Tony Ricard (’82), newly appointed school president and chief executive officer Oyd Craddock (’76) discussed his vision of the school. That vision is to achieve excellence in all areas, to produce leaders in our community and to get alumni more active in financially supporting the school. Craddock’s goal is to increase alumni giving by 15 percent this fiscal year.
    Principal John Charles (’71) discussed his vision to offer new extracurricular activities and sports to keep all students involved and make academic changes for more efficient class scheduling.
Strength in numbers
    William Bostick (’80), a member of the board of directors’ development committee, discussed the new, three-pronged campaign structure: “My Brother’s Keeper,” designed to assist current students with up-to-date technology and academic programs; “Financial Aid,” which gives tuition assistance to students based on economic need; and the “Capital Campaign,” which assists with capital improvement projects at the school.
    Out-of-town alumni chapter presentations were made Gaylord Tenette (’70), coordinator of the Houston Seafood Boil, and Keith Wilson (’84), coordinator of the Atlanta Mardi Gras Ball. They shared how they organize their events and engage alumni to get involved in their cities.
    Kenny Chenier (’81), Edwin Hampton Music Fest event producer, and artist Terrance Osborne unveiled a painting by Osborne to be auctioned and sold at the fifth annual Edwin Hampton Music festival on campus Sept. 28.
     Alfred Harrell (’90), director of the Office for Institutional Advancement, discussed new strategic partnerships with outside companies and reviewed the new communications policy, marketing and branding guidelines.
    The final speaker, Daniel Davillier (’85), chairman of the board of directors, gave the school’s vision moving forward from the board’s perspective. He expressed the board’s delight in having a strong administrative team in place that is composed of St. Aug alumni who are passionate about the school and highly motivated to take the school to the next level.
    The summit closed with a closing prayer and the singing of the school’s alma mater.

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