Alumni: 81,000   Students: 18,000

Jeremy Bagley ’14

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Jeremy Bagley ’14
Executive Director
American Red Cross – Greater Rochester Chapter

Why did you choose Empire State College? What do you think is the best thing about the college?
I chose ESC for graduate school because I wanted to get an opportunity to learn with other working adults. Too often in a traditional college setting – the professor’s assume that everyone has the same schedule as the average 18-22 year old. I didn’t. I work 50-55 hours per week in a highly competitive and dynamic career – I needed the time to be able to study and learn with people who also have such demanding scheduled. ESC provided that for me with instructors and professors who understand the rigors of academia and real life often have conflicting priorities.

How did Empire State College help you shape your personal and professional goals?
ESC helped me shape my professional goal of becoming a non-profit chief executive before the age of 40. The information I absorbed from the professors and fellow students was critical in shaping my collaborative work model and learning to achieve mutual goals with a diverse population of people.

What is your career highlight or proudest career moment to date?
My proudest career moment was being selected to Executive Director of the American Red Cross in the city that I love – Rochester, New York. To be able to serve this community and be a leader in it feels amazing to me each and everyday. I know I achieved this goal at 38 years old is something that I’m extremely proud of. Eight years ago I was a clerk in a pet store – today I’m among a respected group of Rochester, NY community leaders.

What advice would you give to a current Empire State College student?
Don’t think of Empire as an online college – think of it as a college that uses technology to facilitate learning. The worst way you can go about your studies (much like going about your life) is to pretend you’re on an island. In your private life and professional life – you cannot be successful if you silo yourself – the same should be said about studying at Empire. Sure, you do most of your work at home by yourself – but if you miss the opportunity to learn from others – if you don’t take the time to know your professors, you won’t get out of Empire State College everything you possibly can.

Anything else you would like to share with fellow alumni and students?
I am currently exploring a Master’s Degree program, as I will be teaching ESL courses to teenagers in the Fall. I think that Empire will be able to assist me in tackling the next phase of my career.