Political Science, 2003
As the Senior Director of Development for the University of Florida, Will Elliott considers himself fortunate that his career gives him the opportunity to sit across the table from some of the most successful and fascinating people in the country and hear their stories. “I thoroughly enjoy learning about people, learning about their successes and even their failures,” he states. “The opportunity to build lasting relationships with people while connecting their passions with university priorities is extremely fulfilling.”
Fundraising for an educational institution gives Elliott the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of students. It is very fulfilling when a student thanks him for helping give them the chance to achieve their dreams. “That’s hard to beat,” he says with a smile.
Elliott is grateful for the education he received at USC Aiken that helped prepare him for his career today. “The political science department and professors were outstanding during my time at USC Aiken. The faculty were highly talented and encouraged students to look beyond the classroom to obtain valuable experiences to help shape their future,” Elliott recalls. ”During my time at USC Aiken, I had the opportunity to work for the William J. Clinton Foundation and the U.S. Senate Office of Strom Thurmond. Both were incredible experiences. I find myself now surrounded by colleagues from some of the best universities in the country. USC Aiken has certainly prepared me to compete with any of them.”
When Elliott was first looking at colleges, he was being recruited by collegiate tennis programs around the country. When he received a letter from the tennis coach at USC Aiken, he was excited. He had family in South Carolina, and it would give him the opportunity to play for one of the top nationally ranked Division II tennis programs in the country. “While my tennis career was a huge driving factor in my decision to attend USC Aiken, I was instantly impressed with its academic programs,” he explains. “I quickly realized USC Aiken was one of the best values in the country.”
He has he served as Director of Development for the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and as the Director of Development for the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support at the University of South Carolina before moving to the University of Florida.
As appeared in USC Aiken Magazine 2015