June 28, 2016

Student Spotlight: Jacob Gordon

Jacob Gordon

Class of 2016

Hometown: Dora, AL

Major: History/Political Science

Best UM memories: serving as SGA President and emcee at College Night


Upon arriving at UM, Jacob Gordon knew one thing for certain – he wanted to make a difference on campus and in the surrounding community during his college years.

Jacob began by serving as the University Programs Council coordinator, which opened doors to serve as the 2015-16 SGA president, a role that he describes an honor to be selected and trusted by his classmates.

“SGA has helped me plan for my future, taught me how to outline my goals and take the steps needed to reach those goals,” the history and political science major said. “Serving as SGA president gave me an opportunity to meet people and make memories. It really allowed me to get involved on campus, which is where the college experience is made.”

Besides representing the student body, Jacob’s favorite part of serving as SGA president is the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff and administrators. He credits all of his instructors for their assistance in helping him find his passions and encouraging him to succeed.

“The faculty and staff at UM are so willing to help students and truly want us to achieve our goals,” Jacob said. “They’re important connections here at Montevallo and provide the guidance and help that students need to be able to succeed while moving into the job force.”

Following his May 2016 graduation, Jacob began working as a relationship manager with United Way of Central Alabama, but also says that his experience working with university administration has inspired him to possibly pursue a career in higher education advancement and obtain a Master of Public Administration degree in the future.

“I think Jacob’s best quality is truly listening to what his fellow students need and letting the administration know those needs,” said Jenny Bell, director of student life. “He has worked hard to work with others to get things done on campus during his time as SGA president.”

Jacob believes every student’s ability to build a custom experience at UM is one of the unique features of the University.

“The special thing about the University of Montevallo is that no matter your background, you have an equal shot at success. If you’re willing to get involved, the faculty and staff are happy to help you find your own path to success, whatever that may be,” Jacob said.