Phillip Winston ’93

Southwest Development Coordinator

Co-owner- BBs Restaurant Group
Houston, Texas

Intramural Basketball and Tennis

Major: Sociology

Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? I chose HWS largely due to a wonderful college guidance counselor at The Kinkaid School who put Hobart College on my list after I told her that I wanted to attend a small liberal arts college in a small town setting in the Northeast. Even though I had never heard of Hobart College, it made my cut after initial research. I then went and visited and interviewed at HWS and a handful of my other choices. As soon as I stepped foot on the campus, I was taken. HWS went from an unknown to my favorite. 

How do you stay connected to the Colleges? I have stayed in touch with the Colleges mostly via social media. I was also a co-chair for our 20th Class Reunion this past summer and have been a member of The Statesmen Athletic Association and Heron Society. I recently just became a member of The Wheeler Society. 

What makes the Colleges special? I could go on and on about what makes the Colleges special but will narrow it down to the fact that I found the Colleges to be everything I was looking for in an ideal college. I was a late bloomer and somewhat of an underachiever in high school but found my passion at HWS. The community is caring, nurturing, and all about exploration and personal growth. It was the perfect place to discover who I was and what I could become. I will forever be grateful for that opportunity and that is why I am so passionate about the Colleges.

Why do you give back to HWS? I give back to HWS because HWS gave so much to me. It's really that simple. 

What are your goals as a Regional Network Volunteer? I was known as "the Texan" on campus. I loved that but also recognize that my nickname also indicated that there wasn't a lot of regional diversity at HWS. I would love to help expand the HWS brand here in the Southwest and introduce the Colleges to my community. I am also looking forward to networking with others who live in this part of the country and doing whatever possible to help the Colleges continue to improve. 

What advice would you give to an incoming or current HWS student? My best advice to incoming students is to be brave. Don't be afraid to challenge yourself. Don't be afraid to take risks. Sign up for that class that intrigues you. Try out for Koshare, the Hobartones, or even a play. Go cheer on your classmates in Bristol, Boswell, the Cooler, or down at the Lake. That said, also take time to enjoy the area and relax. Spend the day at Seneca Lake Park enjoying the sun. Bring a picnic down to the Sunken Garden. Bike over to the Falls for a swim in late Spring. Head out for a long jog along the lake South of campus. These are all the things I still dream of and carry with me even though I am 2,000 miles away.


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