Board Chair Recalls Time-Tested Lessons

“What stands the test of time?” To Diversified Trust CEO and MUS Board of Trustees Chair Sam Graham ’80, one answer to this question is easy: his MUS experience.

“A lot about me was formed in these hallways,” Graham said during a chapel presentation August 17.
He recalled studying biology with Coach T. (Bill Taylor), leading 15 Snappy Rahs with Headmaster Gene Thorn, playing Elwood in a Blues Brothers talent show performance, and breaking a 5-minute mile (“just once”). More important, he said, he learned to think critically and juggle time demands effectively. He learned the value of studying grammar, vocabulary, physics, chemistry, math, and the “beauty of great literature.” And he learned the significance of developing strong character. It’s a trait he said he recognizes in fellow alumni – his own sons, Nelson ’08 and Garrott ’12, among them.

Graham encouraged students to take full advantage of their time at MUS, to get to know the school’s superb teachers, and to participate in extracurricular activities, including the school’s impressive arts program.

The job market is constantly changing, Graham said, “but what will stand the test of time is what you learn in these halls.”