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Alum takes national award, praises APSU instruction

December 11, 2000

The e-mail had an unusual subject line: Learning life lessons in the classroom.

Intrigued, Dr. Sherry Hoppe and Dr. Carmen Reagan clicked on the electronic message from Chris Baumgartner, a 1999 graduate with a bachelor's degree in business and marketing.

Baumgartner's first order of business was to share his good news. A financial advisor with Brentwood's Morgan Stanley Dan Witter (a premier financial services firm), he had received the National Sales Director's Award, the highest award presented by the Fortune 50 company. To qualify, an employee must be 60 percent or more above his or her annual sales quota.

His second and more important mission, however, was to offer a testimonial to the educational and personal attention he'd received in Austin Peay's College of Business. He had particularly strong praise for Dr. Michael Phillips, finance professor, and Dr. A. J. Taylor, professor of marketing.

“The reason I point these mean out is that their method of teaching went above what was required to prepare students for graduation; they equipped them for life.”
Baumgartner noted that 80 percent of his peers graduated form Ivy League colleges, yet he earns more. “I say this not to boast, but because it is a direct testament to the skills I learned in college.

“Austin Peay State University can compete with any when it comes to the quality of its graduates.”