MA, State University of New York at Albany 1995
The youngest of six children, Jack grew up in Buffalo, New York, and attended Nichols School, a private day school where he captained the crew for two years. Although Jack enjoyed history in high school, his passion for the subject was kindled in college by a brilliant and challenging professor of Renaissance history who could "take the scholastic writing of Thomas Aquinas and make it fascinating."
Jack rowed in college–his senior year Ithaca crew was the New York state champion–and also served as a residential assistant, and he received the Harold Maylock Award for History his senior year. A teaching assistant while he earned his master’s degree,
Jack also taught for three years at Brandon Hall School in Atlanta before coming to Baylor, where he teaches tenth grade European history.
As enthusiastic about his coaching as about his teaching, Jack coaches the girls novice crew (in his first season they finished second out of twelve boats in the Southeast championships) and was the head crew coach, with oversight over the entire program, for five years.
Jack and his wife, Penny, were married in the summer of 1999 in the Baylor Chapel, and Penny joined the faculty as an English teacher in the fall of that year. Jack and Penny lived on campus for many years and have two sons, Gus '22 and Redding '24.