“I moved from the Philadelphia suburbs in 1985 to attend the College of Charleston, in large part to try something ‘out of the box’ and different from my high school friends,” says Bill. “In hindsight, it was the best decision, other than marrying my wife Kathleen, I have ever made. The next 10 years in Charleston shaped who I have become, and for that I will always hold a special place in my heart for the College and the beautiful city.”
The Penneys have always been advocates and donors to the College, supporting the Francis J. Morrissey III Endowment and the Parents’ Fund. But their son Keaton’s decision to attend the College has offered the entire family even more reasons to get involved.
“Last September, we happily accepted an invitation to be on the Parents Advisory Council, which gives us a few more excuses to visit and help be a voice,” says Bill, an insurance agent in Collegeville, Penn. “We have had the honor of welcoming prospective students to our home for local CofC yield events and calling accepted students on behalf of Admissions. We look forward to working with local high school guidance counselors to really get the word out about CofC in our area.”
Now a sophomore, Keaton ’22 is forging his own path at the College of Charleston. He is the recipient of the Willard A. Silcox Memorial Scholarship, a leadership scholarship offered through the College’s Alumni Association. Keaton also serves as a Student Alumni Associate for the Alumni Association, promoting and preserving the history and traditions of the College of Charleston. – Peggy Cieslikowski