Skip received his B.A. from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. He majored in history with an emphasis on military history, and minored in sociology and political science. He received his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His Master’s research was on the Black Hawk War.
As he puts it, “I have always believed in the can-do approach to life. It has led to tremendous challenges and satisfactions. In whatever I have achieved, individually and as a family member, I have pursued integrity, achievement, and contribution as the measurements of success.”