40 Under 40 - Jared G. Beard G '08
How has having a Springfield College degree impacted you professionally?
My degree from Springfield College has opened many doors throughout my YMCA career. During my education I was exposed to many people that are still close friends. My career was impacted by being selected to an executive director position by another alumnus, Ed Neill. That career move had a ripple effect on who and where I am today as a YMCA professional.
Who influenced you when you were a student at Springfield College and explain the role they played in your life?
My mentor, Dr. Rau, was a great inspiration as I pursued my degree. She was always supportive and encouraged academic excellence.
If you could share one piece of advice with today's current Springfield College student, what would it be?
Never settle for who you are today. Continue to challenge yourself to do things that make you fear failure. Overcoming adversity is at the heart of achieving your dreams.
Who do you want to thank personally for the role they have played in your success?
I would like to thank my wife Rachael and my son Cole. They have endured many nights and weekends apart as I chased my dreams. I would also like to thank my parents whose encouragement and support knows no bounds.