It’s Not “Goodbye”; It’s “See You Soon”

Wild Photo Archives Posted July 31st, 2019 Last updated July 31st, 2019

The now emeritus director of alumni affairs, Matias J. Grau, Jr. ’68, closes the front door of the school building as he closes a 44-year chapter of life. That chapter has seen Mr. Grau always displaying the utmost in dedication and professionalism, and for tirelessly working to further the school’s mission in each of his past positions. Grau taught English to all grade levels, including the Advanced Placement course. In addition to teaching English, Grau also served as the English Department Chair, moderated the Student Council, and coached both the cross country team and the pre-freshman baseball team. Grau became the Student Activities Director in 1983, the Admissions Director in 1995, and the Alumni Director in 2002. Of special note were his work as director of the Visiting Authors Program, which brought notable authors like Pat Conroy, Dana Gioia, and Robert McCammon to Jesuit; his efforts to increase the diversity of the student body by increasing enrollment of African-American students as well as commemorating the 50th anniversary of the integration of Jesuit; and his work to enhance the engagement of alumni with their school by establishing the Visiting Alumni Program and building leadership teams for each alumni class. While July 31, fittingly the feast day of St. Ignatius, was Grau’s last day as a Jesuit employee, he knows it will not be his last time on campus. Remember, Mr. Grau: it’s not “goodbye”; it’s “see you soon.”