My Alma Mater: St Stephens Episcopal School in Austin Receives $2M
Head of School Bob Kirkpatrick announces:We are thrilled to announce that Randy Parten '67 has given $2 Million to build a new dormitory here at St. Stephen's. Randy's lead gift kicks off our $25 million Frame the Future comprehensive campaign. The new dormitory will be a two-story, 60-bed building that will accommodate both girls and boys and contain 10 faculty residences
When Randy Parten was a student at St. Stephen's in 1967, he lived in Wycliff Dormitory, a temporary dorm built in the early 1950s and meant to last only a few years before a permanent structure would replace it. Today, Randy's daughter Evangeline Parten is an eleventh grader at St. Stephen's and Wycliff Dormitory is still standing, and still home to boarding students. Thanks to Randy, we will finally replace Wycliff Dormitory with a new, permanent structure.
"My gift to the dorm is 20 times larger than any gift I have ever given," says Randy. "We've been talking about a new dorm at St. Stephen's for years, and this is where we stop talking about it and start doing it." As a lasting tribute to his time at St. Stephen's and in honor of his daughter Evangeline, Randy wants to ensure that the boarding program at St. Stephen's continues to thrive.
Director of Advancement Christine Aubrey says, "It is just thrilling for an alumnus to have this kind of vision. Randy's gift is one of the largest gifts in St. Stephen's history."
While attending St. Stephen's, Randy played soccer and baseball. His freshman year he won book prizes in math and English. Randy continued to excel, and during his junior year, he served as class president, founded the Film Club, and was awarded the Rensselaer Polytechnic Award. His senior year at St. Stephen's, Randy was a Dorm Proctor, Dorm Council member, and Chairman of the Entertainment Committee. He graduated from St. Stephen's in 1967 and went on to earn degrees from Amherst College and UT Law School.
Since graduating from St. Stephen's, Randy has remained a loyal Spartan, giving generously to Annual Giving and past campaigns. Like his father, J.R. Parten, Randy has also served St. Stephen's as a Trustee. Today, Randy is CEO of Parten Operating Inc. and Seven J Stock Farm.
"St. Stephen's changed my life," Randy says. Now he will be changing the lives of generations of Spartans with his gift to the new dormitory at St. Stephen's.
The Frame the Future campaign also includes plans for an expanded and renovated dining hall, student center, book store, athletic facilities, a pedestrian green, and an increased endowment. Thanks to Randy and the many others who are joining him in support of Frame the Future, St. Stephen's is well on the way to a bright tomorrow.
Head of School