Andrew Garton sums up his primary role succinctly. “I manage an online application system, which gives students a single online destination to apply for nearly $2,000,000 in donor-funded scholarships.”
But that’s not his only responsibility. “I also advise individual colleges, departments and donors on their scholarships, how best to meet their interests and how to most effectively use their available funds,” Garton said. “I develop trainings, materials and events that promote our scholarship programs to students, faculty, staff, donors and potential donors.”
In addition to his position with the University foundation, Garton serves as Staff Senator, Chair of the Staff Senate Scholarship Committee, University Staff Ambassador, advisor for Xi Omicron Iota Sorority and holds membership on the University Disciplinary Hearing Panel.
Garton attributes much of his current success to his marketing education. “I can say with absolute certainty that without the knowledge, experience and résumé I built through the MSU marketing department, there is no way I would be where I am today. The department—specifically the MSU Ad Team—gave me the opportunity to work in a real-world setting along with government organizations who implemented actual campaigns and projects,” Garton said.
“My passion for nonprofits, performance excellence and project management guides much of what I do. The skills I formed in researching, crafting messages and targeting markets have led to great success, including a 450 percent increase in the number of scholarship applicants and a nearly 50 percent increase in scholarships awarded since I began.”
Garton enjoys the fulfillment of a hard day’s work. “Watching my efforts translate to tangible results is incredibly rewarding. In the MSU marketing department, you often step out of the classroom and dive into the creation of actual marketing campaigns for actual clients—an opportunity students at many other universities never get to experience. However, with the end of the semester comes the end of the project; you often don’t fully experience the results of your efforts. Now I get to see the results I was charged with producing, and it’s very satisfying.”