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Jim Price ’42 receives nation’s top award for volunteer leadership in independent education
Trustee Emeritus W. James Price IV '42 has been honored for his lifelong dedication to St. Paul's School, receiving the top national award recognizing volunteer leadership in independent education.
At its annual national convention for independent schools in January, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) presented the 2017 Seymour Preston Award to Mr. Price. Given annually to one independent school trustee in the nation, the award recognizes an individual for exceptional commitment and leadership in developing support for his or her institution.
Jim Price served as a Trustee from 1963-1968 and again from 1984-1987, and has been a Trustee Emeritus since 1994. He chaired the Annual Fund’s leadership giving group for several years, and served as Honorary Chairman of the $12 million Sesquicentennial Campaign. One of St. Paul’s most loyal and generous donors and volunteers, he has made more than 140 gifts to the School. Between Mr. Price’s own gifts, and the contributions he secured from others, he can be credited with having raised almost one-third of the School’s $44 million endowment. He and members of his family established the School’s first endowed teaching chair, the William J. and Frances R. Price Chair in the English Language. St. Paul’s now has five such chairs supporting faculty excellence, a testament to Mr. Price’s vision and commitment to outstanding education.
Mr. Price’s sons Jonathan ’74 and William ’77 and five of his grandchildren attended The St. Paul’s Schools.
“Jim’s tangible contributions to St. Paul’s are immense. But no less important is the example he has set as a consummate gentleman,” said Headmaster David Faus. “He embodies the ideals of our School prayer, giving without counting the cost, and never seeking any reward. To this day, he maintains that St. Paul’s has given him far more than he has given the School. But we are truly in his debt.”
CASE is the leading professional association for educational development professionals, counting more than 3,670 colleges and schools among its members. Mr. Price is the first trustee of a Maryland school to receive the Preston Award.
Jim Price passed away in December of 2018. The Price name can be found in locations on campus, many of which honor Jim’s family. His generosity and humility will be a constant reminder of Jim's legacy for the St. Paul's community.