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Alumni Spotlight – Ashley Morris

In an unpredictable world, there are only a few certain things. Death and taxes come to mind for most folks, but another concept that can be counted upon continuously is that of change. It can be the most daunting and the most exciting part of life. For alumna Ashley Morris, change characterized her time at ABAC – she was changed by this charmed campus, and she was a catalyst for transformation of the college itself.

Morris came to ABAC in 2008 after graduating from Northgate High School. She received her Associate of Arts degree in Political Science in 2010 and then went on to graduate in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Rural Studies, concentrated in Business and Economic Development. ABAC was an easy choice for Ashley. Her choice was affirmed in no time, as she recalls: “I knew very quickly that I had absolutely made the right decision.”

Since graduating from ABAC, Ashley began her career as the Special Projects Manager at the Liberty County Development Authority. As she quickly demonstrated her talent and passion for the job, she moved into the Executive Director position at the Fitzgerald Benhill County Development Authority. After two and a half years there, Ashley rose to another challenge and accepted a position with the Georgia Department of Economic Development as their statewide project manager. She is already making a major impact on Georgia’s job market, piloting projects that have brought more than 1000 jobs to the state with companies such as GE and Honeywell. She is always working towards changes for the better for Georgia residents.
Ashley doesn’t hesitate when asked about the reason for her fast success. “There’s no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be prepared to work in this field if it wasn’t for ABAC,” she says with clear enthusiasm. She fondly recalls the guidance and mentorship of Mr. Earl Denham, an instructor in the Stafford School of Business. “Mr. Denham taught us in such a different way. He didn’t teach theory for the sake of theory. He taught us real life skills that he gained through working for years in this field.”

The entire learning atmosphere at ABAC echoed the sentiments of Mr. Denham. Ashley believes that the school is the perfect size for students who are interested in truly being involved and making a difference where they are. The climate at ABAC is one of an exciting time of transition. During Ashley’s years here, she was part of a ground-breaking group of girls who founded ABAC’s Sigma Alpha chapter. They worked tirelessly and made a major impact on campus, leaving it a different place than it was when they started.
Each student who chooses to be a Stallion has a unique opportunity to leave their mark on ABAC and each one will be changed by the college itself. The way Ashley sees it, “ABAC will undoubtedly allow every individual to find their niche. If you don’t come here with a passion in mind, you will find it will you’re here.” She also believes that each alumnus of ABAC has that same unique opportunity. As she begins her term as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, she is excited to continue to mold and shape the college to be the best institution it can possibly be for the next generation. “I want to give back and make a difference in the future of the college that made such an investment in my own future.”

 

Written by Josie Smith