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Alumni Spotlight: Roy Hudson

Roy Hudson didn’t start out with aspirations to be a university president. He didn’t consider executive management a potential career option. He figured his options were fairly straightforward, hoping he could extend his GI bill to cover most of a Master’s degree which would lead to a job as a high school teacher or technician.

That all changed the day he got funding. Roy was selected to be a Danforth Foundation Fellow, earning one of 50 highly competitive spots mostly given to students from Ivy League-style schools. That is when this unassuming yet tenacious student (i.e., Honor Roll, class valedictorian, SGA president, college Hall of Fame athlete, radio DJ, etc.) from a very small Christian college in North Carolina found himself able to pursue his dream education.

Alumni Spotlight: Babette Benken

“I told my mom from age 5 that I was going to be a math professor.” Babette fulfilled that early childhood goal - and then some.

Currently an Association Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach, her career path has been a long and winding adventure through the field of education. She says, “The road to getting where I am now was certainly not the journey I was on. I never dreamed I’d teach K-12 for 5 years. That experience ultimately led me to wanting to do more with teachers and to prepare teachers for their careers.”

Alumni Spotlight: Margaret Gupta

Business can be a force for good. And it should be. With this conviction in mind, Margaret co-founded Apex CoVantage in 1988, to pursue business for the right reasons, in the right way, challenging norms, and channeling the resources generated by the business to create social value. All this while creating an exciting internal environment in which employees could express their creativity to the fullest.