Name: Greg Mecher
Degree: BA in Communications/television production, 1999
Note: Greg was awarded Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2010
What are you up to now?
Since shortly after I graduated I have lived in Washington, D.C. working in politics in various roles. For the last five years, I have served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Joe Kennedy III from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Luckily, I have some experience with commonwealths!
How did NKU help you in your journey?
NKU led me directly into my career path. While I was still in school I served as the student representative to the Board of Regents where I met another regent, Alice Sparks who graciously helped me get an internship in the office of former Congressman Ken Lucas. After that experience, I decided to seek employment on Capitol Hill which luckily, I managed to do. I have been here ever since. Through the years I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet many NKU alumni in the area and see many of the University leaders as they have come to Capitol Hill for various reasons. I still see former NKU President, Dr. Jim Votruba and his family when they come to town. One of my closest friends, the former head of the Board of Regents, Nathan Smith, is also here regularly on business.
What is your advice for students?
Luckily for me, I get a wonderful opportunity every year to speak to NKU students that travel to Washington DC with Professor Ryan Salzman's Future Leaders Program. It is great to hear from so many students with diverse backgrounds and so many interesting ambitions. I often tell students not to be deterred from your goals, sometimes reaching them takes many steps and many sacrifices but the work you put in only makes the accomplishment that much more satisfying.