The Haverford School Alumni Association held the annual alumni awards ceremony on April 18 in front of the Upper School community. Josh Levine ’ 94, President of the Alumni Executive Council, presented the Alumni Service Award to John Stoviak ’69 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Russell C. Ball III ’84.
Stoviak and Ball gave brief acceptance speeches and participated in a panel onstage with VI Formers Jeff Pendergast and Ben Gerber. They shared their perspectives on their time at Haverford, and why it is important to give back to the School.
The Alumni Service Award – John Stoviak ’69
The Alumni Service Award honors an individual who has demonstrated loyalty and commitment to the Haverford community over the years.
During his time at Haverford, Stoviak served as captain of the golf team, played varsity football, was a member of the Cum Laude Society, and was selected as the Peter Page Memorial Cup and Trophy recipient.
In his award acceptance speech, he shared his thoughts on decision-making, relationships, and making a difference. He also discussed the impact that two Haverford teachers had on his life.
“The faculty and coaches at Haverford have changed my life,” said Stoviak. “Specifically, the former Head of the English department Bob Jameson was a masterful teacher who taught me a love of writing. The second was Don McBride, who coached me in many sports. He really shaped my life, and taught me the value of hard work, resiliency, and how to be a good teammate.”
After Haverford, Stoviak earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and a J.D. at Dickinson College. He is a partner at the law firm Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr in Philadelphia.
Stoviak served as the 17th Chairman of the Board of Trustees, as well as co-chair of the Headmaster Search Committee that selected Dr. John Nagl to be the ninth headmaster.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award – Russell C. Ball III ’84
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to an alumnus who has achieved a level of prominence in his chosen profession, or in service to his community or country, and has exhibited the kind of intellectual, moral, and professional character that can inspire Haverford students.
Ball was a member of the squash team during his time at Haverford and was inducted into the Haverford Athletic Hall of Fame twice – once with the 1983 squash team, and another as an individual. He was a nationally ranked squash player throughout his time at Haverford, as well as at Harvard University.
Ball previously served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and provided Haverford with the generous gift of Ball Auditorium, which is named for his father, Russell C. Ball Jr. ’44.
Reflecting on his time at Haverford, Ball shared memories of his teachers and the importance of the friendships he made as a student.
“What I really remember about Haverford are the people and the friendships,” said Ball. “There were so many faculty members – both teachers and coaches – who were so dedicated, and much of my success is the function of their work.”
Ball’s father received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1991, making this the first time that a father and son have received the award. Ball earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Penn State University. He currently is the CEO of Wind River Holdings, a private investment company.