Last week was a very special Founder’s Day for me. I had the honor of presenting the 2011 St. Luke’s Distinguished Alumni award to Dr. James E. Smith II. In addition to being an absolutely wonderful human being, Dr. Smith is a professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social
Worker, and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. He is also a proud member of the St. Luke’s cla
ss of 1971.
After listening to Dr. Smith’s introduction, which included a long list of military and service medals, I was moved to see our students welcome him on stage with a long, heart-felt standing ovation.
There are so many fine moments in my role as Head of School and this topped the list. Meeting and getting to spend time with a St. Luke’s graduate like Dr. Smith reinforces all that we do here on the Hilltop. This is a man who is living our mission. He is an inspiration to all of us lucky enough to cross his path. Thank you Dr. Smith.