Although no longer a student at the University of Montevallo, DeAnna Smith can’t help but stay involved in a place that not only gave her a first-class education, but also broadened her horizons.
Smith first returned to her alma mater to serve as the Director of Budget and Assistant Treasurer, but was soon promoted to Vice President of Business Affairs. She is involved as a volunteer and can be seen at just about every event Montevallo holds, whether it be an alumni event or a UM basketball game. Smith gives back to the university because, she feels, Montevallo has never stopped being a part of her life.
“It is natural to want to donate to something I love so much,” Smith says. “Montevallo is truly a unique treasure in the academic world and I think it is critical to preserve this institution for future generations.”
When Smith first arrived at college, she had never set foot on an airplane or seen a Broadway show. Montevallo changed that for Smith.
“While at Montevallo, I was able to travel internationally to Quebec and Paris with the College of Business,” she said. “These experiences really broadened my horizons and expectations of what I could be. The theater department and College Night built my appreciation for the arts. Today, my husband and I never miss a College Night production and we often take in a show from the theater department.”
Since Montevallo did so much for Smith, she wants to ensure those same opportunities she had as a student are available for future classes at Montevallo.
“In today’s economy and work force, these students will have so many opportunities,” Smith said. “However, as with every generation, there will be struggles to overcome. The education and values acquired at UM will better prepare these students to be our future. If we ensure they have the same opportunity as we had, they can make a difference in the world tomorrow and they in turn will want to give back to UM.”