AU alumna serves as VP of language company

Fri, 2012-09-28 08:00 -- univcomm
September 28, 2012

The Language Training Center (LTC) is a full-service language provider, helping with translations, interpreting, language training, and more. Anderson University alumna Hannah Perkey, who graduated in 2009 with a business management major, is now vice president of this fast-growing company in Indiana.

“Hannah was a very persistent student, always planning,” said Dr. Doyle Lucas, professor of management and Perkey’s advisor. “She came in, had a plan, and knew where she wanted to go. She was never passive in her approach to education. She was active, which was key.”

As an undergraduate, Perkey was encouraged to go to some of the local human resources events by the Career Development Center since she was interested in an HR position.

“I attended meetings of the Human Resource Program Development Association, a chapter on the northeast side of Anderson,” said Perkey. “At the event, we had to introduce ourselves, and so I stated I was on the job hunt and was currently a student at AU. Another attendee there had connections with AU. Because of that connection, he said would introduce me to an individual who was looking for a salesperson. That person is now my boss.”

Perkey, from Edinburgh, Ind., decided to attend AU in 2005 because she loved the small size of the school, and the campus felt “right” when she first visited.

“She was always positive, smiling, and really upbeat about class, life, and what was going on around her. I think that is probably an asset that has helped her be successful as a person,” said Dr. Diana Jones, professor of kinesiology and one of Perkey’s favorite liberal arts professors. “She always showed up and gave it her all.”

Perkey started at the Language Training Center as a sales representative. After six months, HR duties were added to her position, and less than two years after starting at the company, she was promoted to vice president.

“My business education has far exceeded what I have seen from students coming out of other business schools. My boss has commented that I really have a much better business understanding than others at my age and stage,” said Perkey.

“From the standpoint of business, AU offered plenty of options and abilities to interact with a large number of faculty members within the Falls School of Business,” said Lucas. “There was also an access to a faith-based perspective, which leads to serving others even if that is through learning new languages.”

As VP of Language Training Center, Perkey oversees all the staff and anyone the company is working with. She is also responsible for traveling to different events around the country. Through LTC, Perkey had the chance to visit China last year to work with a company that LTC has a contract with.

Perkey attributes much of her success to her education at AU.

“The liberal arts program of AU really allows students to experience a lot of different things,” she said. “I think that taking a class in Hebrew and Christian relations to ethics really opens your understanding to the world and the different views that exist, thus preparing you for the real world.”

AU not only gave Perkey an education, but it provided her with a positive college experience. “I really think I had the best professors, and they really worked to help me learn. They cared about my growth and success,” said Perkey.

— Leah Streeval is a junior from Edinburgh, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in entrepreneurship. Streeval is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.