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Kevin Gary

Director of Alumni Relations

White male with brown hair, glasses wearing a navy blue sport coat, green patterned necktie, green and white plaid shirt, and khaki pants silhouetted against library books.

What advice would you give to your college self?

“Don’t become obsessed with the future and making plans because things can change so fast, but, in a real and concrete way, start to think about where you might want to end up and what could help get you there.”

How would you define “values?”

Values are what you turn to when you need to make a difficult decision. But I don’t believe they should be rigid and unchanging, necessarily. I’ll always believe that the most important thing in life is to not do harm to others intentionally, but there are other values I hold that have evolved over time.

What does the Rosemont Mission mean to you?

What I appreciate most about the College’s mission is that, while it is resolutely Catholic, it still expresses an openness to other faiths.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

I’d probably be a pair of hi-top Chuck Taylor All Stars. They are the sneaker I have owned the most pairs of in my life, easily. I like to think they are classically cool but they don’t draw a ton of attention to themselves, they have a simple confidence and are extremely low maintenance.

Would you rather visit Paris, France or Sydney, Australia?

I’ve been to Paris and it’s amazing and beautiful and really everything people say it is, but recently I’ve really wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand. This is mainly due to loving the music from the two countries, but also because there are pictures I’ve seen of both countries that look like what the planet must have been like thousands of years ago: untouched and peaceful.

Campus Involvement: Alumni Programs and Events, Alumni Mentoring Program, Alumni Ambassador Program, Class Representatives, and Reunion Weekend

Name 5 things you love (other than your family) or love doing?

  1. Music
  2. Record collecting
  3. Books
  4. Autumn
  5. The City Of Philadelphia

What goal are you currently trying to achieve?

I’m looking to buy a house in South Philadelphia, it’s kind of a scary process as I’ve only ever rented before. But I’m excited by the prospect of owning my own home, there is something really freeing about having a place that really and truly belongs to you (and, uh, the bank.)

Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by music in a real way. It has an amazing ability to change my mood instantly if I connect with it. I’m also inspired by people who do the right thing in the face of conventional wisdom—anyone that is willing to side with the misunderstood or persecuted.

Where is the furthest place you have traveled?

I’ve been to Europe a few times. Rome being both the farthest, distance wise, and my favorite of all the places I visited. It’s pretty overwhelming to be walking around a city and come upon a building that’s been there for a millennia or two. Sometimes it’s nice to have your own existence put into perspective.

Favorite college memory? (from which college?)

I graduated from St. Joe’s. My favorite memory from my time there was a seminar class I took with an amazing English professor, Fr. Joseph Feeney. It’s easily the most intellectually stimulating academic experience of my life. It is funny though, if at 20 you have told me my fondest college memory was of a class, I would definitely have laughed.