To 埃里克·蒂尔，91届，23届, being a Rhodes alumnus means having a well-rounded education and belonging to an open-minded community that lasts for a lifetime. Though graduation may be the end of your journey as a student at Rhodes, your journey with the college doesn’t have to end after you walk across the stage in Fischer Garden. 多年来, Eric has been involved with Rhodes in a myriad of ways, including supporting men’s basketball, supporting the college during 年度基金 and athletic challenges, 在大学做志愿者, even serving as president of the Rhodes International 校友会 and 校友会 Executive Board. .
“Rhodes has been so important in my life,” Eric explained when asked what has inspired him to stay involved and continue giving back “The relationships with friends, 教师, and staff have endured since graduation and giving to the college is a way to provide support and inspiration that the college needs to continue to flourish and provide the same opportunities to the next generation and generations to follow.”
As a student, Rhodes was “uncharted territory” to Eric. But after overcoming a “bit of homesickness”, Eric dove in and immersed himself with an open mind, driven to learn from everyone he met. His steadfast attitude paid off, and after graduating with a degree in 经济学 & 国际研究, Eric has led a successful career in banking. Most recently, Eric was appointed to lead U.S. Banks’ Investment and Wealth Management expansion into the Carolinas.
Eric reflects on how Rhodes contributed to his professional development, keying in on the solid foundation in economics and critical thinking. The Rhodes liberal arts curriculum has been an asset to Eric throughout his career, 他发现了这一点, 即使在银行工作, the humanities touch his daily work, whether it be financial analysis, interviewing candidates or communicating and presenting research.
今天, Eric serves as the chair for the Rhodes 家长委员会 with his wife and co-chair, 艾米·蒂尔，23岁. Amy and Eric met while attending Providence Day School in Charlotte and reconnected after Eric returned from graduate school at The University of Memphis.
当他们的儿子, 亚伦, followed in Eric’s footsteps and decided to play basketball at Rhodes, the Teals wanted a way to stay involved. An active and engaged parent throughout lower, 中间, 高中, Amy felt the Parent's Council was “an excellent way to stay better connected to 亚伦 and Rhodes and provides the opportunity to meet other students and families and help them along on their journey.”
Eric was also eager to get involved in his son’s Rhodes experience, 作为一个家长, we all share the same concerns and feelings and it’s important to communicate those issues in a constructive manner in order to meet the needs of students, desires of parents and support the missions of betvictor伟德学院.“作为家长委员会的联合主席, Eric and Amy are an essential intermediary between parents and Rhodes 教师 and staff.
Though Eric acknowledges that one’s involvement may change over the years due to family and work constraints, Rhodes is always exciting to get alumni reconnected back to the college. “在某些时候, I have had the opportunity to provide more time and service to the college while at other points, less so depending on what life has in store. 然而, Rhodes has always been there for me, 欢迎我回到游戏界, 事件, and programs while providing a network of new relationships that I continue to call on to this day. 作为罗兹的校友, it has always been important to keep the college top of mind, as we all benefit from its ever-growing success and national recognition”
We are so grateful to Eric and Amy for their service to Rhodes!