Bob Meals Reflects on 31 Years at The Shipley School

Departing Director of Physical Plant and Security, Bob Meals, Shares Fond Memories and Gratitude

In a heartfelt interview on his last day of work at Shipley, Bob opened up about his incredible 31-year journey at the institution.  He prepares to embark on a new chapter as the Director of Facilities and Operations at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida. With a wealth of memories to look back upon, Bob's time at Shipley has been marked by the school's remarkable growth and the deep sense of family that permeates the campus.

"I had the unique experience of watching the school grow over time," Bob reminisced, his voice reflecting the pride he feels for the institution he dedicated more than three decades to. "Seeing the transformation unfold, with new buildings and the expanding campus, has been truly remarkable. Being part of something like that, witnessing the evolution of Shipley, has really been a rewarding experience."

Bob recalled the camaraderie and hard work that defined many of his most cherished memories. He recounted the winter days spent shoveling snow alongside his colleagues, highlighting the bond that formed through shared challenges. "When you're in the grind and facing difficulties together, that's when you truly see the strength of camaraderie," he remarked. "We stuck together as a group, weathering storms both literally and figuratively, and that unity is something that I'll always carry with me."

However, what truly sets Shipley apart, according to Bob, is the family atmosphere that envelops the community. "This place isn't just a workplace; it's a home," he emphasized, having lived on campus for 25 plus years. The family-like environment, the friendships, and the connections with students, families, and coworkers are what make this place so unique." He emphasized the joy he found in watching individuals flourish within the Shipley community. "Seeing people grow, both students and colleagues, has been incredibly fulfilling," he said with evident warmth. 

As Bob prepares to bid farewell to Shipley School, he imparts his words of wisdom to the community he holds dear. "Continuing the path of excellence, fostering strong partnerships, and nurturing the family feel within the Shipley community are the keys to its continued success," he advised. "It's this shared vision and commitment that have kept me here for so long, and I have no doubt that Shipley's future will be as bright as its past."

With his departure, Shipley School bids farewell to a dedicated and cherished member of its community. Bob Meals leaves behind a legacy of growth, unity, and unwavering commitment, and his impact on the school will be felt for years to come. As he embarks on his new role in Florida, the Shipley community wishes him nothing but the best and expresses heartfelt gratitude for his contributions over the years.


The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.