Kenneth Briggs (’02/’06MS/’10MS) is constantly moving forward in his life and in his career. Since coming to work for Eastern in 2000, he has obtained a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the University and has worked his way up in the Office of Financial Aid. He has grown to consider the people at Eastern a family. When he is busy in his new role as Associate Director of Financial Aid at Three Rivers Community College, Briggs will remain connected to his alma mater as the newest president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
“I want this board to be legendary,” he says. With the energy and optimism that he puts into everything, there is little doubt that Briggs will accomplish much during his time as president. His vision begins with greater board participation and more members present at every alumni event. “I want students to see that graduates are proud to be alumni, and I want to bring out the positive energy that Eastern represents.” Briggs hopes to improve alumni networking and communication, and aims to enhance the mission of the Office of Institutional Advancement and the vision of President Núñez. As a first-time Alumni Association president, he will not be going it alone.
“My vice president, Ellen Lang, will be a mentor to me, as well as the last board president, Mark Bradley.” Briggs has always been open to learning from those who came before him, a quality that has served him well in his career.
“I take every opportunity to learn,” he says. Briggs started his career in financial aid as a student worker at Three Rivers Community College and was a full-time employee by the time he left. When he came to Eastern, he volunteered for every event and job that came up, wanting to absorb all that he could. His growing knowledge of the field, paired with his collection of degrees, made it possible for Briggs to apply for and gain higher positions whenever they came up.
“I was late to the industry but I moved up fast and I want to continue to rise.” He is happy to be returning to Three Rivers, where it all began. “I feel like I’m going home,” he says. As for his time working at Eastern, “I have tried to serve, teach and mentor. I hope that I’ve been an inspiration.”