The 2001 NACAC conference in San Antonio was the first time I met him. It was just a couple weeks after 9/11 and with that came smaller than usual crowds. But despite the low attendance, there was always a line for one thing: Ken Snow.
Every year, crowds of folks would wait patiently to have their chat with Ken. He created a buzz in the Carnegie booth and all for good reason. He cares for and appreciates every one of those people. He’s as genuine and kind as they come, and makes me proud every day that I’m able to call him a coworker, mentor, and friend.
His remarkable career from the Army to Baker University to Townsend Publishing and then over 28 years with Carnegie has allowed him to touch many hearts and make many friends. If you’ve been a recipient of the famous cookies or donuts, received a newspaper clipping of one of your students, or just had the chance to meet with him in person, you know how lucky you are.
About a week ago we surprised Ken with a party in Kansas City. While he expected a few of us to be at the restaurant for dinner, he did not expect 40 guests, including coworkers, clients, friends, and family. It was an evening filled with memories, laughter, reminiscing, and love.
We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who was a part of this celebration by writing notes of inspiration or joining us in person. Ken and all of us are honored by your kindness, from as far off as Gonzaga (thank you, Carie) to right down the street (including his daughter Stephanie and his seven beautiful grandchildren), and even via video (his son, Jon, joined us remotely). Of course, Ken’s gorgeous wife Dottie helped us honor him as well.
Most importantly, thank you to Joe Moore. Back in the late 80s when you came across Ken at the regional ACACs and other admission events, you saw that special something and made the decision to have him join our team. Your smart hire and ongoing support of Ken have been nothing short of inspirational.
They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Well, if you love what you do with people you love, it’s even better than that. Thank you, Ken, for making our lives better and fostering the spirit of family in the Carnegie team and the entire college admission community.
Ken Snow is simply the finest human being.
Here are a few pictures from the beautiful evening. Comment below if you have memories of Ken or stories to share! He’d love to hear from you.