Bob Watters ’81 receives the McCloskey Award
During the 2017 commencement exercises, Bob Watters ’81, a member of Holy Ghost Prep’s Board of Trustees, was presented with the Reverend James P. McCloskey, C.S.Sp. ’70 Award. The award is given annually to “the alumnus whose profound generosity, commitment, and support demonstrates a unique understanding of the mission of Holy Ghost Prep.”
Watters is certainly a deserving McCloskey Award recipient.
“Bob is one of the most genuine, thoughtful, gracious people I know. From his graduation day in 1981 until today, Bob has been one of our most loyal and engaged alums—lending his time and talents as a member of the Holy Ghost Prep Board of Trustees and a member of the school’s finance committee,” says Gregory J. Geruson’79, president of Holy Ghost Prep. “In addition, he is a partner at Ernst & Young and has hosted our students as part of our LEAP program the past couple years. And in typical Bob Watters’ fashion, he goes the extra mile to ensure that each HGP student who comes to Ernst & Young as a LEAP participant has a truly unique experience.”
Fellow trustee and finance committee member John Di Paolo said of Watters: “Bob Watters possesses that rare ability to personally connect with individuals, understand their concerns beyond the words they articulate, and humbly offer meaningful, generative solutions. In doing so, he ensures HGP’s ongoing vibrancy and has indelibly shaped the HGP experience of those graduating today. ‘We are Holy Ghost’ because Bob embodies ‘One Heart, One Mind.’”
A vocal supporter of advancing HGP’s mission through programs and capital projects, Watters has been a lead donor to major projects ranging from Founders Hall to the new Holt Center.
In addition to graduating from HGP, Watters is a 1985 graduate of Lehigh University. And much like he has given back to Holy Ghost Prep, Bob applies the same pay-it-forward strategy at Lehigh, serving as the chair of Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics Advisory Board. He lives with his wife, Margi, and his son Robert Jr. in Chester Springs, Pa.