Like all college seniors, Jeff Cogburn is counting down the days to graduation.
But the economics major from Greeneville has no plans to bid farewell to the higher education scene. In fact, in addition to pursuing an M.B.A. and a doctoral degree in educational leadership, Cogburn’s career goal is to work in philanthropic giving for a university foundation program.
His work in ETSU University Advancement as student assistant and temporary employee has already proven to be a great starting point.
“I love being part of our advancement team and to have the opportunity to meet and interact with our donors,” said Cogburn, who frequently assists at events such as the Distinguished President’s Trust Dinner, the alumni golf tournament, and the Partners in Excellence Dinner. “Our donors enjoy meeting students here at ETSU and hearing about what brought us to this campus and what are dreams are for the future.”
Cogburn has been active in the President’s Pride organization and currently serves as student director. He has helped with several events including Commencement and the Easter egg hunt at Shelbridge, and he gave the invocation at the Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast.
He is also a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and was elected to the Grand High Zeta as an executive board member of the international fraternity.
“When I came to ETSU I knew very little about Greek life but I met some guys who encouraged me to be part of rush,” he said. “Turns out, I have made some great friends that I know I can always count on, and I have been able to build some great connections.
“When it comes to balancing school with my work study duties as well as my obligations to my fraternity and to President’s Pride, it comes down to mastering the art of time management,” Cogburn added. “It can be done, and it is important that you also schedule time for yourself.”
Cogburn graduated from Greeneville High School and initially came to ETSU on a chorale scholarship.“When people ask me what the best thing is about ETSU, I tell them that the thing I enjoy most is the sense of family at this university,” he said. “I wanted a school that offered that sense of community, and I like the fact that as I walk across campus I likely will see someone I know and will say hello, but there are always new people to meet as well.”