Liberal Arts Statement
As someone who has spent their entire professional career in the
field of finance, I take great pride in pointing to my liberal arts
education as a key reason for my success. Specifically, the
communication skills, critical thinking skills and global
perspective I developed at Butler continue to serve me well. I
believe I am a better citizen because of the broad liberal arts
education I received.
In business, as in life, I have found the search for clarity far
more important and valuable than attaining certainty. Clarity is
about connecting the dots that make up the world in which we live.
A narrow focus on society, the markets, politics, religion, etc.
prevents one from connecting these dots. A liberal arts education
is essential on the quest for clarity.
I remember being told during my freshman year at Butler that
only 15% of what is "learned" in college is actually applied once
you enter the workforce. In terms of content, 5% might be more
accurate. However, in terms of learning how to think independently,
analyze foreign concepts, assess situations, lead people, manage
organizations and communicate effectively, I think 99% is more
accurate. This is what makes a liberal arts education so valuable
and I can think of no better place than Butler University to
receive that education.