Q&A with Robert Sommers

By Laura Good

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in a small Indiana town called McGrawsville about 45 minutes southwest of Huntington.

Where did you go to college?

I completed my undergraduate in accounting and business administration at Indiana Wesleyan University.  I continued my education at IWU a couple of years later and received my master’s in business administration.

Why did you choose to come to Huntington University?

HU provides me an opportunity to work with a great financial aid team and use the leadership, technology and administrative skills I’ve gleaned over the past 17 years in higher education.  My position at HU allows me to work directly with students and families, which I have missed over the past several years.

What did you want to be growing up?

When I was younger I wanted to be a mechanic as I watched and tried to help my dad work on the cars and various items around the house.  Later in life I thought I would be a coach, but Christ has lead me in different directions, while still providing opportunities to apply the mechanic and coaching skills I learned throughout my life.

What is your favorite band or musician?

I’m going to date myself here and say Mylon Lefevre & Broken Heart, which is an old Christian rock group that balanced true worship music with good rock!

What are you most excited about as the year progresses?

I am excited about learning how HU financial aid works and determining ways we can best help students in achieving their educational dreams.

What is the best part and worst part of your job?

The worst part of my job is working within governmental regulations that are created by elected officials that truly don’t understand the issues families are facing in financing their education.  The best part is working with a staff and institution that truly want to serve students not only in achieving their academic dreams, but to impact their lives for Christ and His mission.

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