Sandra (Goff ’74) Thomas

Major: English
Job Title: Retired, Senior Vice President

Hometown: Jefferson, Ohio

Job Title: Retired, Senior Vice President

Employer: JP Morgan Chase

MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY

Home Away From Home
I chose to attend Mount Union because it was within a three hour driving distance from home, the campus was beautiful and it had the academic programs I wanted to pursue. As a student, I became involved on campus as a member of the Calliope staff all four years and served as editor during my senior year.

Favorite Professor
Former English professor David Ragosin was my favorite teacher because he believed in me and encouraged me to write creatively.

First Job
My first professional job after graduating from Mount was editor of The Valley News, a small weekly newspaper in Orwell, Ohio.

Rewarding and Challenging Careers
Mount Union lives the liberal arts tradition and is blending professional skills with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and community service. With a broad-based, well-rounded liberal arts degree, I have been able to easily transition from roles in journalism and technology to banking and mergers. Reflecting on educational experience at Mount Union, I can truly say that it not only prepared me to pursue equally challenging and rewarding careers, but also taught me to be an active citizen in my community. It was the strong liberal arts background that taught me broad critical thinking and problem solving skills, both of which are applicable across many disciplines.

Love for Education
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Union, I attended the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking and Capital University Law School. I earned a certificate at Wisconsin, and left Capital after two years because I was promoted to a leadership position at Bank One and started a family.

Giving Back
I believe the life I lead and the career success I enjoy is a direct result of the liberal arts education I received at Mount Union. My gifts to the University are my way of saying thank you to the place that helped shape me into the person I am today. In 2005, I endowed a scholarship and have made plans through my estate to add significantly to the scholarship.

Staying Connected
I stay closely connected to Mount Union as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Retirement Plans
Helping Boomers redefine what retirement means is A LOT of fun! I also am attempting to learn to play the piano, but the best liberal arts education in the world doesn’t seem to be helping me with this one.

With a broad-based, well-rounded liberal arts degree, I have been able to easily transition from roles in journalism and technology to banking and mergers.

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