“The Liberal Arts Education I received at Muskingum prepared me for my current position by giving me exposure in multiple disciplines.”
-JeffERy Talbert, Superintendent Alliance City School District
1. How did your experience at Muskingum prepare you for what you're doing today?
The Liberal Arts Education I received at Muskingum prepared me for my current position by giving me exposure in multiple disciplines. As superintendent, I am the lead learner. I draw on my education degree to provide me with the skills necessary to convey new ideas and curriculum to my staff. As the superintendent, I am the public face of the school district. My communications minor has helped immensely by providing me with the best skills possible to communicate with the staff, the students and the community.
I view being a superintendent as being a CEO. As the leader of the district, I am responsible for developing and maintaining a culture of excellence that allows every individual to move towards successful attainment of their individual and our educational goals. I feel my business minor helped to prepare me for this role.
2. How can those experiences shape the next generation of Muskies and their experiences?
I believe the type of education provided by Muskingum prepares all Muskies for the ever-changing environment they will face when they leave New Concord. While at Muskingum, if you take advantage of all the opportunities they have to offer, both inside and outside of the classroom, you will learn the skills necessary to navigate any situation you are faced with in your professional life.
3. Why is it important for Muskingum Alumni to hold space this month and recognize Black History Month?
One of the biggest takeaways I received at Muskingum is my ability to work with a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds. African American history is American history and if we’re ever going to heal the wounds and close the divide in our country, we need to begin with understanding one another and that begins with education.