Martin Luther School’s Board of Directors proudly recognized Mr. Randal C. Gast for his “extraordinary contributions and faithful service as MLS’s Executive Director in support of the school’s Mission and students from 2009-2017.” The presentation took place at a meeting of the entire MLS Faculty and Staff, which the Board hosted this week.
Mr. Gast moved to his new role as Director of International Recruitment in August to focus his efforts on growing MLS’s international enrollment further. Building on the strong foundation he laid for bringing even more international diversity to MLS, he has created an exciting global environment at MLS. Mr. Gast’s role will be a significant element of the school’s Reset for Growth strategy, which the Board announced last month.
James R. Regan, who replaced Mr. Gast as Martin Luther School’s Acting Executive Director beamed with pride as he commented “MLS is simply put: like no other school I know in the way we live and learn through our diversity. Randy Gast has made MLS proof that International diversity brings students together and spurs their growth as they meet, learn and play here.’’
Not one who likes being in the limelight, Mr. Gast humbly accepted the award and was speechless when President of the Board, Michael Jakob, announced this exciting recognition. Mr. Gast kindly sat with us to talk about this recognition, his plans as the new Director of International Admissions, and some of his most cherished memories at MLS.
Q: Congratulations on receiving your award last night – this kind of recognition shows how much you mean to the Martin Luther School Community – what does this recognition mean to you?
Randy: “It is a validation of one’s profession and time. This was totally unexpected, truly not necessary, but I am very humbled by it.”
Q: What are some of your most stand-out memories throughout your time here at MLS?
Randy: “The experience of working with kids who have been through so much in their lives at such a young age, has shown Randy the role that MLS plays in students’ lives. “The role we play as a school – transforming, reclaiming, and affecting lives is unimaginable. My greatest experience has been the opportunity to work with the students. Some see commencement as the most important day. But the day before commencement is the most important to me because it is the last time I am able to worship with that class.” Looking back on all of the school’s Walk-A-Thons, community events, and athletics activities, Randy explains, “Martin Luther School is one of the greatest ministries I have had in my 39 years, and I am thankful to God in some small and meaningful way that I am still able to manifest that part of my life moving forward.”