Q: WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES OF BELHAVEN?
A: That is hard to pin down as I got to do and experience so many things here. Most all of them were made more enjoyable by the sense of family that existed. There was a core of us that did so much together, and even beyond that group, you felt like you had brothers and sisters all over campus. The faculty fit into that scene and you knew you had a number of them that would listen and love you no matter your situation. It was in that core group that I met Pam, and we have now been married over 28 years!
Q: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK AT BELHAVEN?
There is nothing more significant than to produce adults who are ready, able and willing to live out the school’s motto, “To serve, not to be served.”
A: I am confident that our world desperately needs people who have been thoroughly educated with an underpinning of Christian Worldview. I know how positively impacted I was by that element of my Belhaven experience, and that element has been made much stronger in the curriculum since I left. I have spent 24 years in sales, and it was mostly enjoyable and rewarding work. However, the portfolios and companies that I built had very little impact beyond moving someone’s retirement accounts a few percentage points in the right direction. I think most of us desire to have significance. There is nothing more significant than to produce adults who are ready, able and willing to live out the school’s motto, “To serve, not to be served.”
Q: What are some goals you have as Director of Alumni Relations?
A: My top priority is to grow the number of people that are actively engaged in supporting the mission of Belhaven. The school has experienced more than two decades of remarkable growth. That didn’t happen outside the support of generous people that believe in what the school stands for and the impact that it has.
I believe Belhaven has an opportunity to expand its visibility and its reach immensely due to the success it has had. For it to continue to be the positive influence that it has always been, we have to increase the number of people and institutions engaged in the life of Belhaven.
Q: In what ways does Belhaven excel?
It’s very rare to find a school that weaves the Christian Worldview into all programs as purposefully as Belhaven does.
A: The leadership of the University has been on point in maintaining a unified commitment to the mission of the school. It’s very rare to find a school that weaves the Christian Worldview into all programs as purposefully as Belhaven does.
Dr. Parrott and the board have excelled at finding the faculty that share that commitment and are invested in knowing and loving the students in the way that they do. Finally, you will not find a University that looks more like Mississippi, and at the same time, draws students from all over the country and the globe.
Q: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR BELHAVEN ALUMNI TO STAY CONNECTED TO THE UNIVERSITY?
A: You are missing out if you are not visiting! I’ve been blown away by the student performances, the guest lectures, and the quality of the faculty. The Center for the Arts contains what has been called “the best black box theatre in Mississippi”. The people I meet in Jackson refer to Belhaven as a “hidden gem.” The beauty of the campus is astounding.
More importantly, the University needs its alumni. Most of us graduated because of the generosity of those that gave to Belhaven’s Annual Fund. For our faculty to continue investing in the lives of their students, we need the support of our alumni. Giving to the annual fund is the fuel that keeps this sports car on the track!
Q: Tell us about your family.
A: Our family was founded here at Belhaven. Pam and I got married before our senior year. Pam was a “stay at home mom” for 18 years, but returned to work last year. She has thoroughly enjoyed investing in children as a teacher’s aide at our kid’s school. Our first child, Shelby was born in 1998. All of our children were born in Atlanta, but did most of their growing up in Ohio.
Benjamin will enroll here at Belhaven in the fall. John, our youngest will be starting the sophomore year of his high school experience. All three have been excellent students, very involved in the arts, and by the grace of God – growing in their faith.
Q: What are some hobbies and fun facts that we should know about?
A: Everyone in our family enjoys reading. We have also carved out a lot of time for outdoor activities, which is where I feel most at home. I continue to play soccer and try to stay in shape—I’ve run five “Tough Mudders” so far!
I am a bit of an adrenalin junky, my roommate and I just might be the only people to have ridden a canoe in a flood raging ditch out of campus and into the Belhaven neighborhood.
SAVE THE DATE
Start making plans now to attend Homecoming November 8th-9th. If you’re interested in your class reunion, please contact Frank Laws, Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations at (601) 968-8978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.