Sustaining Educational Excellence

Archive for September 2015

Please Welcome Mark W. Lippert , Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

LippertWebClipCongratulations to Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus Mark W. Lippert!

 

Mark W. Lippert is a member of the Mariemont High School class of 1991. Mr. Lippert graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with both a B.A in Political Science and an M.A. in International Policy Studies.  From 1999 through 2005, he served as an advisor and a professional staff member for several Senate committees, advising Senators Patrick Leahy, Tom Daschle and others.

Mark followed as the foreign policy advisor for then-Senator Obama, working on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Mr. Lippert has served as Deputy Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff for the National Security Council, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, and Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense.  In September 2014, he was confirmed as the United States Ambassador to South Korea.

His military service includes active duty deployments as an intelligence officer with the United States Navy to Iraq and Afghanistan with Seal Team One, and the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, respectively.  Mark and his wife, Robyn, have one son, James William Sejun.

This Friday, October 2nd,  all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success.   At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

Congratulations to Michael L. Fordyce , Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

Fordyce WebshotCongratulations to Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus Michael L. Fordyce!

 Michael L. Fordyce is a graduate from the class of 1969.  Mr. Fordyce was a standout athlete at Mariemont High School, where he earned 10 varsity letters and held records in cross country and track. He attended the University of Cincinnati, graduating cum laude with a degree in business.

Mike advanced in his professional career, becoming the chief administrative officer for the Catholic Health Initiatives, a national healthcare system of 72 hospitals and 42 long-term care facilities where he served for 21 years. In 2008, Mike became the President and CEO of Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, the position he holds today.

Craig Hospital specializes in neurological rehabilitation and research and has been ranked the #1 rehabilitation hospital in the United States for the past three years (and top 10 for 25 years). Mr. Fordyce’s philanthropic pursuits include a deep commitment to various health care industry initiatives and the establishment of the Steve Mckee-Mike Fordyce Scholarship for Mariemont High School seniors.

Please join us ON FRIDAY October 2nd for the Mariemont High School Homecoming and help welcome the 2015 Distinguished Alumni.   Mr. Fordyce and his fellow honorees will be featured in the Homecoming Parade beginning at 5:30 pm, and will be formally recognized at Kusel Stadium.

Introducing Donn M. Davis, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

DonnCropCongratulations to Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus Donn M. Davis!

Donn M. Davis graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1981 where he was Senior Class President. He graduated from Miami University with a BS in in finance and then earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Donn started his career as an attorney at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, specializing in media and technology transactions. At 29 years old, he became the youngest team attorney in Major League Baseball negotiating player contracts for the Chicago Cubs. From 1992 to 1998, he served in senior roles at Tribune Company, where he was President of Tribune Ventures.

From 1998 to 2003, Donn was a senior executive at America Online, including President of the AOL Interactive Properties Group. He then became CEO of Exclusive Resorts, building it into one of the first successful “sharing economy” companies. In 2005 Donn co-founded venture capital firm Revolution LLC with Steve Case and serves as its Managing Partner. Mr. Davis and his wife Sharon live in Great Falls, Virginia with their three children, Cameron, Cooper and Tess.

Please join us Friday October 2nd for the Mariemont High School Homecoming and help welcome the 2015 Distinguished Alumni.   Mr. Davis and his fellow honorees will be featured in the Homecoming Parade beginning at 5:30 pm, and will be formally recognized at Kusel Stadium.

The Life and Leadership Series Returns!

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The Mariemont City Schools and the Mariemont School Foundation are proud to announce the The 2015/16 Life and Leadership Series Speakers. The series is a collaboration between the District and the Foundation to bring high-quality national experts and experiences to our school community. The programs included in this series build upon the existing robust offerings throughout the District, creating an even more vibrant and well-rounded experience for our students and families.

The Series includes content funded by Foundation donors and grantors and is currently centered around three Spotlight areas:  Wellness, College Planning and Leadership.  The vision for The Life and Leadership Series is to expand the content and spotlight areas to meet needs and interests of students and families, as funding for the program allows.

The Life and Leadership Series is one of those extras that the Foundation provides in accordance with our Mission:  to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that preserve, enhance, and sustain educational excellence.  

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