The Wright State accounting program was the catalyst for a great career. I've built upon that foundation to become the 2017–18 president of the California Society of Enrolled Agents. Thank you, Wright State!
A Collection of Stories from the Wright State Community
In 2017, we asked the Wright State family—faculty, staff, students, and alumni—to tell us a personal story about their experience here, a story that reflects both the university's unique culture and its influence on their lives. Please enjoy those stories that helped us celebrate Wright State’s first 50 years of transforming the lives of our students and the communities we serve.
Rodney J. Couts
As the first person in my family to attend and graduate from college, I took my schooling seriously. Wright State gave me the opportunity to prove to myself that I could accomplish my goals. I truly enjoyed my professors and all the doors that having my degree opened!
Charles David James
Alumnus, 1975, 1986
Numerous Wright State faculty helped guide my professional and personal development. In particular, John Fortman when I was an undergraduate and Mike Leffak when I was a graduate student. I’ll always be grateful to them and to the faculty in general for helping me find direction and purpose in life.
Peggy O'Brien Kelly
Wright State allowed me to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and how to do it well. I graduated with a B.S. and master's from Wright State. I now have the opportunity to work with Wright State students to help them be successful in math.
Emily Schlater Neu
I was a young, single mother determined to beat the odds. Wright State allowed me to have the flexibility I needed to graduate with highest honors and raise my daughter. Now, I work for a Fortune 500 company in marketing and have my M.B.A.
Wright State is home! In 1993, I earned my B.S.E. Upon considering where to obtain my masters, I gravitated back to Wright State in 2000. For my administration license, I came here in 2007. Now, I work with Wright State student teachers in my school to pay it forward!
I was hired by Fred White as first registrar when only Allyn Hall existed and was secretary to faculty during development of the bylaws and Faculty Senate. I helped plan and direct first commencement where I received my M.S. in personnel counseling. I also worked with first President Brage Golding.
Janet Harrison Carney
In the early 70s, I took a computer class at Wright State. The final consisted of feeding 150 hand-punched cards into the machine to spell 'GOOD MORNING'. I was convinced this computer thing was an expensive fad.
I transferred to Wright State in 2013 and graduated with political science degree in 2015. As a Guardian staffer, I got to travel around the Midwest to cover basketball. My experience at The Guardian helped lead to my current job as a writer and editor for Scripps’ national desk.
I came to Wright State University feeling very alone, but made relationships there that have lasted 20+ years going forward. I spent as much time at WWSU and The Guardian as I did in class, but it all worked out for the better. I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything.