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Leadership Columbus: Angie Shafer

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Angie Shafer
Angie Shafer

Place of birth: Columbus

Date of birth: Dec. 12, 1975

Title: Campus president,

Harrison College

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources from Indiana Institute of Technology and a master’s in adult and community education from Ball State University.

Family: Married with seven sons, four still at home. Five of the sons are stepsons.

Hobbies: Writing, reading and doing outdoor activities with the kids.

Community involvement: Vice president of the Eastside Community Center; board of directors for Leadership Bartholomew County; member of the Financial Literacy Coalition; member of the Corporate Volunteer Council.

● What would you like the community to know about Harrison College?

We work with our students and are so close with our students that it’s like a family here. Many are first-time graduates in their families. About 85 percent of our students are working in the field when they graduate, and most stay in our community.

● What was your first job?

I worked as a cashier for Ahlemeyer Farms Bakery.

● What primary lesson did you learn from that job?

I learned I was much better at the cash register than baking, and the woman there reminded me of that all the time.

● How did your leadership capabilities develop?

I am really very lucky that I work at Harrison College and I was able to take advantage of professional development opportunities. I was also given a large amount of responsibility at a young age. I was the youngest executive director at the age of 27. You just learn a lot by doing it.

● What are some of the greatest leadership lessons you’ve learned?

Goal-setting is very important. With people, you have to lead by example. You need to be true to your heart and be full of honesty and integrity and stand for what you believe. If you do that, they will follow you.

● What advice do you have for young people just starting their careers?

Continue to do anything to educate yourself. Take advantage of professional development opportunities, scholarships and networking.

● What about advice to young people wanting to get involved in their communities?

I would say to start early. Join Columbus Young Professionals and volunteer.

● What is the importance of higher education?

A lot of people get a degree just to get a career. But you’re also here for self-esteem and to grow knowledge. It’s bigger than just your career. It’s what you know, how you interact, how you process what’s going on in your society and how you make decisions about more than just your job.

● What’s your favorite place to visit and why?

The Caribbean. The water looks like it has food coloring in it, and it’s beautiful and relaxing.

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