Ross Purdy, our Dean of Students and Environmental Sustainability, brings 12 years of experience investing in the lives of the students he serves. Ross holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Baylor University. Upon completing his master’s degree, he served 50 at-risk boys at the Methodist Children’s Home as their recreation coordinator. He has experience with the Trust-Based Relational Intervention approach that strives to help children suffering the effects of early trauma, abuse, or neglect.
Most recently, Ross has served as the Dean of Students and Director of Admissions at Holy Spirit Episcopal School (HSES). As Dean of Students, he advocated and oversaw the well-being of all students. He initiated the Social Emotional Learning approach at HSES which empowers students to be socially aware, self-aware, self-managers, and responsible decision makers. Ross also played an active role with the Ecolink Program at HSES, the outdoor education program that fostered respect, love, and understanding for our environment, to encourage students to pursue mental physical challenges, and to develop leadership, cooperation, and tolerance. Through his work with the Ecolink Program, Ross led weeklong outdoor education programs in Colorado and Texas. Further, he has sharpened his outdoor skills through a grant that allowed him to attend the National Outdoor Leadership School and has his certification as a Wilderness First Responder.
Ross was born in Galveston but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Joining the Fay Family is not the only new adventure Ross has embarked on recently! In December of 2019, Ross married his wife Meredith who has an even extra special bonus, her daughter Sydney. Ross enjoys spending his free time with family (including his dog Wrigley) being active! From bike riding to camping, Ross is your guy when it comes to embarking on an outdoor adventure.