One on One: W. Palmer Kennedy and Mark Drew

One on One

 Photos by Beau Gustafson

The importance of giving back to the community and the magic of unexpected connections turned out to be the main focus of this month’s One on One conversation.

W. Palmer Kennedy became headmaster of Advent Episcopal School last year after a teaching and administrative career in private schools in Mobile. Advent Episcopal draws students from 45 zip codes to the campus in downtown Birmingham. “Advent celebrates its broad multicultural representation of the Birmingham area. Our eighth grade graduates matriculate most often to the high school of their choice locally or through various nationally ranked programs,” Kennedy says. “The foundational elements of Advent ultimately prepare our graduates for the most selective colleges in our country. Our students rank in the top percentages annually through standardized testing. Our curriculum and faculty concentrate on what will prepare our students to become difference makers beyond their years at Advent. Our arts, athletics, and other cocurricular programs enhance all we do. We cherish our relationship with the Cathedral Church of the Advent and use this base to help our students appreciate their responsibilities to make the most of their individual and collective talents.”

Kennedy, whose wife, Karen, works at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, began working in education in Mobile at St. Paul’s Episcopal School back in 1984. He was named headmaster of St. Luke’s in 2006 and served in that capacity until his move to Birmingham. Kennedy currently serves as the president of the Alabama Association of Independent Schools.

Mark Drew also knows something about serving in a temporary volunteer capacity. He is the chairman for the 2014 United Way campaign, which kicks off this month.

Drew is the managing shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale, an Alabama-based law firm with more than 225 attorneys. Drew focuses primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, venture capital financings and related corporate activities, and transactions, including significant experience in international joint ventures. He regularly represents both public and private companies and also has substantial experience representing financial institutions. In addition, Drew is on the executive committee and has been the managing shareholder of the firm, which just opened a San Francisco office, since 2006.

In addition to serving as the 2014 Campaign Chairman for United Way of Central Alabama, Mark and his wife, Patricia, are members of the Tocqueville Society, and he serves on the board of directors of several organizations, including the Innovation Depot, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Birmingham Business Alliance, and PARCA.


3 Responses to “One on One: W. Palmer Kennedy and Mark Drew”

  1. Samuetta Nesbitt says:

    How can I see the video. What does private mean.

  2. John Howard says:

    One Ball!!! Just Kidding Mr Kennedy. Enjoyed your history and political science classes.

    John Howard
    St Paul’s Episcopal
    Would be class of 1995 @ St Pauls but father got transferred due to work.

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