Griffin McEvoy ’13 comes from a family with ink in its veins. His father, Nion McEvoy, is the chair and CEO of Chronicle Books. His grandmother, Nan T. McEvoy, was a newspaper reporter and chair of the San Francisco Chronicle, the newspaper co-founded in 1865 by Griffin’s great-great-grandfather, the legendary Michael H. deYoung.
The McEvoys, long a fixture in San Francisco society, have created an endowment to assist Drew students pursuing internships in the fields of media, publishing and communications. “We were happy to do something,” says Nion McEvoy, who, with his mother, throws an annual olive harvest party at the 550-acre McEvoy Ranch north of San Francisco, attended by the likes of author Amy Tan and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. “Drew was a great place for Griffin. He loved being there.”
McEvoy says he hopes the endowment, made through the Nan T. McEvoy Foundation Fund, will remove obstacles that limit internship options, such as the cost of train tickets to Manhattan. The McEvoys’ gift will help three students this first year and countless thereafter. The first three students this fall are at Tommy Hilfiger (marketing), the New Jersey Devils (graphic design) and the Museum of Chinese in America (communications). Drew’s proximity to New York City provides “a lot of exciting internship opportunities,” says Nion McEvoy. “We just wanted to help make those opportunities possible for the students.”—Christopher Hann