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Ketchum named Episcopal ‘Alumnus of the Year’
Will Ketchum, partner with Burdette Ketchum, was recognized as the 2010 “Alumnus of the Year” by Episcopal High School. The award is presented annually to an alumnus who has consistently provided exemplary service to Episcopal High School, enhancing the mission, success, stature and well-being of the school.
Ketchum, a 1984 graduate and former student body president, was recognized for his work and service to the school throughout the past 15 years.
“During my time as a student, Episcopal gave me so much, values and lessons I still lean on, and always will, in business and in life,” said Ketchum.
“Today, serving Episcopal is an effortless expression of my gratitude. It’s an honor to be recognized for what has truly been a labor of love,” he said.
Ketchum was instrumental in marketing and fundraising efforts for two recent capital campaigns, including the Journey to Greatness campaign, which ran from 2000 to 2004 and raised $17 million for the school. This year, Ketchum participated in the ongoing Building Classroom Excellence capital campaign, which wants to raise $4 million for new classroom facilities. From 2005 to 2007, Ketchum chaired the Buildings & Ground Committee of the Board of Trustees, which set the vision for the classroom halls under construction. He assists annually in overall school marketing, as well as relationship-building with area elementary schools and families who have relocated to the North Florida area.
“Will has been a tireless volunteer, servant and advocate for Episcopal High School,” said Andy Kidd, director of Alumni Programs and Development. “He has channeled his passion for the school into several very important initiatives, and embodies all that we aspire to as an institution dedicated to values-based learning.”
In 1994, Ketchum co-founded the Eagle Gridiron Club, a network of former Episcopal football players who support the football program each season. A Jacksonville native, Ketchum initiated the research and written documentation of the 44-year-old school’s official history, which will be published in the coming years. He also served as the president of the Alumni Association in 1996 and as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2007.