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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Professor Who Goes The Extra Mile

Throughout my years at Utah State University, I have had the privilege to take numerous classes from many outstanding professors. Ron Godfrey is a perfect example of a professor that has made a substantial difference in my life. I am currently in Professor Godfrey's Operations Management class where he not only teaches students the basic operations of a business but how to be successful and productive throughout life. In addition, Ron also spoke to my MIS 2200 class, taught by Dana Swensen, on "owning" and succeeding in an interview. The passion Ron shows for his career is an attribute I would like to demonstrate when I enter into my career as an accountant.

The one thing about Ron that stands out is he wants to get to know each and every one of his students. At the beginning of the semester, he set up meetings with each one of his students to get to know a little about them and to allow for students to get to know what resources he has to offer as both a professor and a career accelerator. In addition, Ron is always giving examples of how to perform well in an interview. He stresses that everyone should have 8-12 "behavioral" based examples that are ready to be used in an interview. Ron has taught me how to "own" an interview, and through his class I will not only be a better employee but a better person.

Ron is always saying, "Live by your core values and you will succeed." This is a very strong quote that will stick with me the rest of my life. The great thing about Utah State is that students are surrounded by professors such as Ron who help you excel not only in the classroom but outside the classroom as well. I recommend that if you have any questions about how to succeed in life that you talk to Ron, and he will provide insight to things you could never have imagined.

--Mason Clark, student at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business


  1. I couldn't agree with this more! Ron is one of my favorite professors as well and I learned so much from his class. Go visit with him in the career accelerators' office. It is never a wasted visit.
    -Carlie Pennington
    Marketing and HR student

  2. I am delighted to echo the words of Mr. Clark here. Ron Godfrey transcends being an educator and is a true friends to his students. There are professors who will "go above and beyond" to help their students succeed, but even that moniker wouldn't accurately describe Ron. If you ask Ron to help you improve yourself in any aspect of your life, whether it be scholastically or career-wise, he will do what he can, and then, more importantly, follow up with you.

    Ron assisted me during my application process last Spring for MBA programs, and every application I submitted that had his involvement was successful. I owe a debt of gratitude to him for his help, his lessons, and his friendship.

  3. I have had the opportunity to work with Professor Ron Godfrey outside of the classroom and have learned a great deal from him. He truly cares about people and really does go the extra mile.

  4. Ron is the best. I would suggest getting to know him, he has been a source of a lot of knowledge, wisdom, and awesomeness. He inspired confidence in myself, and is truly putting his heart into the work he does. He is exactly the kind of person that accelerates the Huntsman School's reputation and vision for the future.