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A new vision to enhance the Munnerlyn Campus approved by the Board of Trustees in 2022 kicks off with a capital campaign this year. The new Science and Student Life Center will provide new science laboratories, student gathering areas, a dining hall, and new outdoor spaces. The new building will allow the school to repurpose the Buck Student Center and renovate the existing science labs for new Harkness classroom space.

The campaign, part of the Campus Master Plan, would achieve the following goals:

  • Ensure that science facilities match the strengths of our science and robotics program
  • Deliver teaching excellence by adding Harkness classrooms to the Foerster building
  • Connect the school to the revitalization underway along the St. Johns River
  • Add vital student meeting, dining, and socializing spaces
  • Renovate the Buck Student Center to create multi-use spaces, as well as a renovation of the Campus Store

The capital campaign will be the largest in the school’s history.

To learn more or get involved, please contact Ryan Riggs at [email protected]

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CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS

CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS

Amy Harris Wacaster ’94 and Alex Graham ’00 are the first alumni to co-chair a capital campaign for the school.

Amy attended Davidson College and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia for her M.B.A.. After a career working in finance in New York City, specifically equity trading at Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse, she retired to focus on raising her two children. After 11 years in Manhattan, her family relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach in 2013. Amy chaired the Board of Trustees at Beaches Episcopal School prior to its merger with ESJ and now serves on the ESJ Board.

Alex Graham and Amy Wacaster (1)

Amy also serves on the Board of Directors at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and previously served on the Board of Visitors at Davidson College. She is an active and involved member at Christ Episcopal Church and volunteers for multiple community initiatives. She and her husband Steven are members of the Great Oak Society of leadership givers. Steven is the managing partner at Warren Equity Partners and their two children, Harris ’28 and Gigi ’30, attend ESJ on the Munnerlyn and Beaches Campuses.

Alex has served as President of the Episcopal Alumni Board and chaired the Board of Trustees at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, of which he is a graduate, prior to its merger with ESJ. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Episcopal. Alex is president of Duval Motor Company, which includes five dealerships, US Auto Credit, and Dana Safety Supply. Duval Motor has been an Episcopal Corporate Partner for 10 years. Alex is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South and earned his JD from Florida Coastal School of Law. He is a member of the school’s 1966 Society, which recognizes loyalty giving; the 50 by Fifty Society, which recognizes donors whose lifetime giving level exceeded $50,000 by the school’s 50th anniversary; and is a Great Oak Society leadership donor. Alex has four children, Luke ’27; Adams; and he and his wife Frances recently welcomed son Mackie, who joins big sister Josephine.