Former Yale Captain Selected
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henry Higdon '63, a former Yale football player, will be honored Thursday night at the 2011 Ivy Football Association Banquet at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria. The IFA selected Higdon as Yale's distinguished alumnus for the sixth annual event, which begins at 6 p.m.
Higdon played halfback and safety and was voted the Yale freshman team's MVP after an undefeated campaign. He was one of three sophomores to letter on the Bulldogs' perfect 1960 varsity team and went on to become captain as a senior while playing both ways.
Former Bulldog great Jack Ford '72 and ESPN's Chris Berman (Brown '77) will be co-masters of ceremonies in the hotel's Grand Ballroom. Co-chairmen of the event are Bill Primps '71, a former Yale running back, and Penn's Gary Vura '83.
The former Yale star played varsity football, basketball, and baseball, and was named the school's outstanding athlete his senior year at Phillips Academy at Andover.
Higdon has been in the executive search business for almost 40 years, having founded Higdon, Joys & Mingle in 1986, which ultimately evolved into HigdonBraddockMatthews LLC. The New York firm (also offices in Boston, Los Angeles) specializes exclusively in the asset management industry and lists among its clients leading investment management/mutual fund organizations around the world.
Prior to founding HigdonBraddockMatthews LLC, Higdon spent 15 years with Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc. (RRA), including time in Houston and Los Angeles. He was ultimately named an executive VP and member of the firm's executive and compensation committees. Before RRA, he spent six years with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., in a sales capacity. He also served six months on active duty in the USMC Reserve Program, and was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Staff Sergeant in 1970.
Today he serves as a member of the boards of directors of the Bowery Mission in New York (Christian Herald Association), Life Spring Network (a faith-based organization based in Chicago), and the Greenwich Leadership Forum, of which he is also a founder. Hank has served as president of the alumni association at Andover, and also as a trustee. For Yale, he has served as president of the Yale Football Association, of which he presently is a director. He is also a founder of the Ivy Football Association.
He and his wife, Erika, are members of the Stanwich Congregational Church, where he has served as a deacon, chairman of the deaconate, moderator of the church, and trustee.