Tom Spock ’78, chairman of the Swarthmore College Board of Managers, pictured in Bryant Park on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in New York, NY. (Laurence Kesterson / staff photographer)
Thomas E. Spock, an alumnus of the former Nether Providence High School ( merged with Swarthmore High School to form Strath Haven High School), and former Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union CEO John D. Unangst will be inducted into the Delco Hi-Q Hall of Honor. While the latter is a posthumous award, Mr. Spock will return to his native Delaware County to receive his award at the annual Partners in Education Celebration being held at Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center on April 19, 2018.
Spock participated in Hi-Q in 1973 and 1974. He was captain of both his school’s Hi-Q and varsity soccer teams—a duality that bode well for his academic career. “Looking back, it’s clear that being captain of Hi-Q in addition to soccer demonstrated to college admissions officers that I was more than a jock,” he said. “I showed interest in academics, in learning, and in the wider world.” Spock said he loved everything about Hi-Q, comparing it to playing a sport but exercising the brain rather than the body.
After graduating Nether Providence High School, Spock studied Economics at Swarthmore College, receiving the college’s distinguished Ivy Award for his efforts. Tom later earned his MBA from California’s Stanford University and enjoyed a successful career as an executive in the media and sports industry including positions with the National Football League and NBC before becoming a founding partner of Scalar Media Partners LLC, a boutique consultancy that provides advisory services to the media, entertainment, sports, and related technology industries.