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Why I give: A Q&A with Bill and Ann Hepburn Webb ’84

Bill and Ann Hepburn Webb ’84 with President Bradley W. Bateman (center)

Bill and Ann Hepburn Webb ’84 with President Bradley W. Bateman (center)

Tell us a little bit about you and your family and your connection to Randolph?

Our son Andrew is a current sophomore at Randolph and I (Ann) am an alumna, Class of 1984. I majored in economics and had several high school teachers who were graduates of R-MWC and served as influences for me to attend. I have supported the College since graduating and understand the importance of “giving back.”

Why do you choose to give back to Randolph with both your time and financial support?

As a family, we have always valued the importance of giving back to educational institutions. Bill served on the board of his university for over 35 years and currently supports a theological seminary here in Alexandria. I have served as a board member of our son’s lower and middle school. I have also supported St. Stephens and St. Agnes School, having served on the alumni/ae board when St. Agnes and its brother school, St. Stephens, consolidated into one co-ed school. We both served on the parents council of our son’s boarding school, Christchurch. We honestly believe in the importance of being present and having “skin in the game.”

Why is it important for parents to support the College?

We recognize that the total cost of a college education is not fully covered by tuition and fees. Support must come from other sources, including that provided by current parents, alumni, and friends of the College. We also recognize that in order for Randolph to provide the quality education needed for students to succeed, additional resources are required both from a monetary and service basis. That is why we are happy to give back in any way we can.

What is it about Randolph that makes it special to your family?

Randolph holds a special place for us, as Andrew represents a second generation in our family attending the College. The concept of legacy can never be understated when a parent and child are beneficiaries of the education provided.

What’s your favorite part about the College?

Our favorite part about Randolph College is the small college environment and the individualized attention each student receives. This was apparent last year when the acting dean of students took a special interest in Andrew, serving as a mentor for him when Andrew was making key decisions associated with his educational direction. We were very grateful. Another key strength, stemming from individualized attention, is the ability to try new areas of interest—whether it is a club, a new academic area of interest, or a sport—students are encouraged to expand their horizons. Additionally, Randolph cultivates the appreciation for life-long learning and curiosity and that anything is possible with determination.

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