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The best thing about Warren Wilson was the faculty, the people,” stated Andy Scott ‘75. “Also I believe A liberal arts education is a great one if you can accomplish these things: 1) learn how to find what you are passionate about, 2) learn how to learn (master subject matter) and 3) learn how to create community. Warren Wilson taught be how to do all of this and I have used it the rest of my life.”
At Warren Wilson Andy Scott ‘75 studied Behavioral Sciences, worked with children through the day care center, which got him interested in education. He also worked on the campus farm and ran Vining Hall as an RA. His service was all soccer related. Scott was very involved in the College’s change from terms to semester, and as a student was involved in student governance and the search that brought in a new Dean of Academic and Social Life. influenced greatly by the number of international students on campus and also by Professor Bill Mosher’s trip to India.
After Warren Wilson, Scott went on to get his Master’s degree in Education and his Ed. D. in Educational Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He then proceeded to teach at the University of Massachusetts, act as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the First Year Program at Hampshire College, as the Associate Dean of Students at Parkville University in Parkville, MO, as a history teacher and Director of College Guidance and Testing at the Barstow School in Kansas City, MO, and as the Site-based Recruiter for magnet schools at the Missouri School District in Kansas City.
Throughout the years, Scott thrived as a student, teacher, and administrator. Eventually, however, he took a larger interest in economic development and left the field of education to become the Director of Business Development for the Economic Development Corporation and then the Executive Director of the Union Station Assistance Corporation, which organization engineered and carried out the $260 million restoration and re-use of the second-largest train-station in the U.S. This prepared Scott to start up Green Light Projects, a Kansas City-based special projects consulting firm, in 2002. According to its mission statement, Green Light Projects “looks to build strategic alliances that capture the imagination, foster corporate value and improve [its] client’s financial outlook.” GLP brings public and private organizational and corporate entities together to build programs that benefit everyone involved and help to “cultivate social responsibility.” The company works with a great many different types of clients, including governmental bodies, real estate developers, large corporations with international operations, the American military, museums and visitor attractions, colleges and universities, manufacturing/ industrial firms, and nonprofits.
Scott’s connections at WWC carried over into his professional life in economic development. Faculty member and soccer coach, Hank Steinbrasher, was a great influence on Scott at Warren Wilson and throughout his career. Steinbrecher began his collegiate coaching career at Warren Wilson College, then coached at Appalachian State University and Boston University. It was when he was at BU that he was chosen the venue director for the Olympics, which played games in Boston. He became the Director of Sports Marketing by the Quaker Oats Company in 1985 and moved to Chicago, and in 1990 he was hired as Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General of the United States Soccer Federation.
An idea of how to grow Cerner Health Care globally through soccer, came to Scott in 2005 and he and Steinbrasher proposed to the President of Cerner Corporation the idea of extending information healthcare technology to the international soccer and global sports industry. At first, Cerner stated that they only worked with hospitals and doctors’ offices, but after acquiring Scott’s help in developing special projects with FIFA, they invested millions of dollars in the sports industry.
“Warren Wilson is a great combination of mixing a passion to learn and ability to build community.” “At Warren Wilson, I saw you can make a difference and be a part of change. It’s always been this”