Tom Wall '80, P'14, '15
from The Bridge: Fall 2012/Winter 2013 issue
Thomas R. Wall IV '80 believes that some of life's best lessons are learned on the playing field. A member of W&L's golf team during the late 1970s, he has always appreciated the physical education component of W&L's academic program.
"I just hope that W&L continues to be a place where students can go for the academic, as well as the athletic, experience," says Wall, who is managing director of Kelso & Co., an investment firm in New York City. "I really like that W&L creates very well-rounded graduates."
As a member of the Board of Trustees, Wall has an in-depth understanding of W&L's financial needs. Following the philanthropic example set by others before him--including his father, Thomas R. Wall III '54--Wall pledged $1 million to support the Colonnade renovation project and athletic coaching salaries at W&L. Giving to the latter area helped meet the Lenfest Challenge aimed at ensuring competitive faculty salaries that are at the mean of W&L's peers.
"Giving back is a part of the camaraderie, part of the fabric of the school and part of connecting to a place," says Wall, the father of current students Kelsey Wall '14 and Thomas Wall V '15. "And to the extent that you've had a good experience, I think you get a lot of enjoyment by contributing to the University. You are able to enhance the experience for the next generation of students."