Leading by Example
GWU Prepares MBA Student for Success in Business, Public Service
Verhonda Crawford became one of the youngest-elected government officials in the state of South Carolina when she was voted onto the Chesnee City Council in 2010, while still an undergraduate student at Gardner-Webb University.
In addition to learning the value of community service from her parents, Crawford credits Gardner-Webb with the educational programs and campus activities to prepare her for a career in public service, and as a small business owner of a clothing boutique and marketing firm.
“I love how Gardner-Webb infuses Christian beliefs into practical ideas you can apply to the world. Everything I learned I was able to apply to my life,” Crawford shares. “My life has forever been changed by the education, friendships, and life lessons that I received at Gardner-Webb.”
Crawford obtained her bachelor’s degree in public relations at GWU in 2012, while also serving as senior class president and a four-year member of the cheerleading team. Now enrolled in the University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, she continues to serve on the city council and is a member of several local and state groups that work to advance economic development. She also operates the clothing and marketing businesses in Chesnee.
“I’m a firm believer of leading by example. I cannot stand for a platform if I did not apply it to my everyday life,” she relates. “I wanted to experience the hardship of being a business owner to understand the struggles an individual will have if they start a business within my city. The best knowledge is gained through real-life experiences.”
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