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Libby Cullins, '07

Libby Cullins, '07Libby Cullins ’07 knows how to build a set of skills and experiences to prepare for a postgraduate career; she spent her four years at Muskingum pursuing activities that interested her and applied to her future career goals.

Cullins advises college students: “Waiting until your senior year to prepare for your post-college career is like starting to study for a final exam the night before it’s given – it might workout okay, but it’s certainly not ideal and you’ve largely missed the opportunity to maximize the return on your college investment.”

She goes on to say, “It is so important in your sophomore and junior years to obtain an internship (or multiple internships) in the field of study where you hope to have a career. …In addition to internships, students should seek to have a robust extracurricular and/or philanthropic aspect to their resume Muskingum has a so many organizations and clubs available to students.  One should strive to not only become involved with, but also take on leadership roles, in at least one or two extracurricular activities.  This shows prospective employers that you are a well-rounded student that can balance multiple priorities and take initiative, going beyond the minimum level of expectations.”

Cullins, a Dresden, Ohio native, was active on campus, serving as a member of the Executive Board of her sorority and the Executive Board of Greek Council; Student Body Treasurer and International Business Club President, in addition to being a member of several other student organizations. She also quadruple majored in Public Accounting, business, economics and international business.

Doors into her future career began to open when Cullins was still a student, interning with the Ohio Auditor of State in the summer of 2006. When she returned to campus that fall to complete her senior year, she was contacted by the Auditor of the State of Ohio, who offered her a full-time position upon graduation. Cullins accepted the position and, while working as an auditor for the State, obtained her CPA license in 2011 and her MBA in 2012.

After obtaining her MBA, Cullins began working at NiSource as a Senior Financial Analyst. She explains that NiSource is “a Fortune 500 Energy company, most noted in Ohio as the parent company of Columbia Gas.” After a couple of years at NiSource and about a year as a Corporate Accounting Manager at Rockbridge Capital, a private equity investment firm, Cullins was hired as Controller and Vice President for the Consumer & Community Banking Technology Accounting Group at J.P. Morgan Chase. She has worked at J.P. Morgan Chase since 2015, although her role has evolved over time.