Charles N. Waigi, Class of 1972
Received the Bicentennial Medal in 2012
Charlie Waigi is the founder, director, and general contractor of the Jeremy Academy in his hometown of Limuru, Kenya. After graduating from Williams and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, he returned to Kenya and worked in various finance and development organizations. In 1999, he retired and, with his wife Teresia, founded the Jeremy Academy. From its beginning with just nine students, the school has become a top-ranked institution serving 469 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. With the support of many of his Williams classmates and in partnership with the Asante Africa Foundation, he continues to expand the school’s facilities toward the goal of serving 500 students, 200 of whom will board. In addition to directing the school, Waigi has overseen the planning of this expansion and managed its construction.