Eric Geringswald

Class of 1986

For me the Washington College liberal arts education gave me the most important skill you need in the 21st century, the ability to be open minded, adaptive and learn.

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

A liberal arts education is liberating because the focus is not confined and you are exposed to different disciplines. It provides the opportunity for you to find what you enjoy rather than channeling you toward a predefined outcome.

For me the Washington College liberal arts education gave me the most important skill you need in the 21st century, the ability to be open minded, adaptive and learn.

Who was your favorite faculty/staff member? Story?

Doctor Nathan Smith was one of my favorites. He was an honest realistic person. His guidance helped me choose my major and his thesis mentorship was instrumental to my being the first member of my family to graduate from college.

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

There are many as 6 family members have graduated from WC and there are great memories associated with visiting each of them.

For me though it was a beautiful spring day in 1984. Salisbury was coming to town for a lacrosse game and we were ready. The “Kibler Dome” was well appointed with chalk writing on the hill and the fans were ready for the War on the Shore. Salisbury was ranked ahead of us and came in with the hype and bluster that one would expect. We had a relatively new team as many great players graduated in 1983 and were unknown hungry guys with no egos. The game was nip and tuck until there was a comment made by a Salisbury player that set us on fire. After that comment the ROUT was on and we ran away with the game. After the game we went to one of the Shore Stick Supporters homes and had an eastern shore fish fry and crab feast. Food never tasted so good and Charlie Maloney and Kenly Jenkins were two men who made the after game celebration possible. There were many other stick supporters who contributed but those men made an impact on me. After that day we carried the momentum of the Salisbury game all the way to the NCAA Championship game where we fell short.

To this day the guys on that team are family to me and the bonds we built that season have resonated for the past 30 years and will for the rest of our lives.

We are all in our 50’s now but when we are together we are transformed to a time when we were in our prime in Chestertown!

Campus Involvement

Men’s Lacrosse

How did your experience in Athletics influence your college experience?

The are so many ways that my lacrosse experience at Washington College shaped my life not only at school but beyond. I was well equipped to handle the business world because Coach Corcoran taught us:

That hard work and commitment to team lead to success.
True commitment means that you may need to sacrifice for the good of the team.
That if we followed coach it would drive us to exceed our expectations.
That getting up stronger after being knocked down was critical to success.
That we share a bond of brotherhood and support each other.
We learned to relish the game that gave so much to us and to support each other in trying times.

All of those lessons burn within each of us today and is why we are successful in our personal endeavors.


Graduate School

Fordham University/ MBA Program