PCDS welcomes MLB commissioner Emeritus Bud Seligl

Phoenix Country Day School students with MLB Commissioner, , in the center. (submitted photo)

Phoenix Country Day School students with MLB Commissioner, Emeritus Bud Selig, in the center. (submitted photo)

On Thursday, Feb. 12, Phoenix Country Day School welcomed Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig to campus as the inaugural guest of the PCDS Headmaster’s Speaker Series.

Mr. Selig was the commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1992 through 2014, and oversaw massive commercial and economic success, the internationalization of America’s pastime, and an unprecedented 20+ years of labor peace between the player’s union and league ownership, according to a press release.

Phoenix Country Day School announced Mr. Selig as the first guest of the inaugural Headmaster’s Speaker Series.

“Good schools are serious about exposing their students and community to a variety of perspectives. But great schools, in my opinion, are even more intentional about the perspectives they honor — they connect with speakers whose actions and experiences illuminate the values that are most critical to the fabric of the school itself,” stated PCDS Headmaster Andrew Rodin in the release.  “At PCDS, we celebrate those who have found success by building bridges, by bringing together dissenting voices, and helping people find common ground.”

During his visit, Mr. Selig met with PCDS middle and high school students for a series of question and answer panels.

Students asked Mr. Selig questions regarding leadership, ethics, multiculturalism, and the pursuit of one’s passions.

While walking through campus with members of the PCDS softball and baseball teams, one student asked Mr. Selig his favorite World Series matchup, and he responded, “easy—2001: Diamondbacks versus Yankees.  It was my favorite Series,” according to the release.

The students cheered.  After chatting with PCDS students during the day, Mr. Selig joined Headmaster Rodin for an evening “fireside chat” with hundreds of PCDS parents, alumni, and other community members.

Mr. Selig is the grandparent of PCDS senior Natalie Prieb, who will attend George Washington University in the fall, and father of PCDS Board of Trustees member Wendy Selig-Prieb.

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