Walter Snodell ’62 will deliver the commencement address and Board of Trustees chair Rajeev Rathi ’84 will receive the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award at the Academy’s 145th graduation exercises on June 9, 2018.
“It will be an honor to have Mr. Snodell address the Class of 2018 and the MPA community,” Head of School Mercedes Z. Sheppard said. “As a leader since his days at the Academy, he sets a tremendous example for our graduates and his experiences and insights will surely inspire them. I greatly look forward to welcoming him back to campus.”
After earning an MBA and working in accounting and corporate financial planning, Snodell purchased Peerless Industries in the late 1980s, transforming the company into one of the premier suppliers for the digital signage industry.
Since stepping away from day-to-day management of Peerless in 2000, he owns and operates a beef cattle ranch near Big Timber, Montana.
Snodell’s service to his community includes service on the Board of Trustees for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and for his alma mater, Wabash College.
Rathi has been a member of the Academy’s Board of Trustees since 2008 and its chair since 2014.
He is a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment Group. He previously worked at UBS in a similar capacity and worked as a Managing Director in Investment Banking for Lehman Brothers and as a Senior Vice President at J.P. Morgan.
Rathi also served from 2004-2013 on the Visiting Committee for the College at The University of Chicago.
The Duchossois Award is Morgan Park Academy’s highest award for alumni, given annually in recognition of its namesake’s lifetime achievements, outstanding professional success, and service to the Academy, his community, and society. Previous recipients are Duchossois, Al Hoffman Jr. ’52, Spencer Stuart ’40, Bill Hickey ’71, Jim Mitchell ’61, Denny Cresap ’52, and Dr. Frank Burd ’52.
“Raj carries with him a lifetime of professional achievements and service to his community and alma mater that distinguishes him among his fellow alumni,” Sheppard said. “He is a truly fitting recipient of the Duchossois Award.”