“I have seen my Purdue degrees work for me in so many ways during my life’s journey,” says Rodrick C. Glass, executive vice president of business development at Allure, a Christie Company. “I learned so much in my classroom settings. The professors’ business acumen and work experience allowed for ‘real-world’ teaching and practical application in addition to theory. The hands-on approach to education was extremely beneficial as I entered the business world.”
Glass notes that his experience outside the classroom was equally important. “As a residence hall counselor and then resident assistant (RA), I gained the skills to passionately yet firmly manage residents, allowing them to be creative and outgoing and to interact responsibly in a community. These skills were invaluable as I embarked on creating the platform for my business,” says Glass, one of Allure’s founders in early 2000.
Betty Nelson, dean of students emerita, is one person who stands out in Glass’ mind. “I met Betty when I went through a personal tragedy in my life. She was so gentle, consoling and understanding that it really helped me heal. We also had an opportunity to work closely while I served as vice president in Purdue Student Government and a member of Iron Key. Betty’s guidance and leadership were instinctive, thoughtful and wise. She truly touched my mind and my heart.”
“At Purdue, I gained the perspective of stick-to-itiveness,” Glass says. “You never give up on your dreams, no matter what!”
Glass lives in Atlanta, Georgia.