#ThanksUM – Rusty

Rusty Roberts #ThanksUM, Business, Experience

I have had the privilege of teaching Accounting at the University of Mobile for the past 17 years. I graduated with an accounting degree from UM and then spent a few years in the corporate accounting world before returning to UM to teach. I always knew this was a place that I would love to return to one day because of its mission and family atmosphere. That’s why there are many reasons that I am thankful for UM. Here are just a few.

First, I am thankful for the mission of UM; one that bases all it does in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love coming to work every day at a place that not only places a high emphasis on academics and preparing students for their chosen careers, but one that does so with Christ being exalted and at the center of it all.

I am thankful for the time I spend with students each day. There’s nothing better than watching students learn and begin to love what they learn. I’m grateful that I get to spend so much time with them from freshman year through senior year as they prepare to go practice accounting.

In turn, I love receiving those emails and phone calls of excitement telling me that they have landed a job or been promoted in their job. Seeing them succeed makes me love what I get to do every day even more!

Outside of academics, I am thankful that UM allows me to foster close relationships with students. Over the past 17 years, I have backpacked Europe and traveled the U.S. on university missions with students, discipled students, and have even served as either a groomsman or officiant in a handful of students’ weddings. These are the moments I will treasure for a lifetime.

Thank you, UM, for creating home – a home for faculty to come to every day, a home for students to live, a place where you may come a stranger, but leave a friend. A true home away from home.

About the Author
Rusty Roberts

Rusty Roberts

Rusty Roberts is an assistant professor of accounting and Ram Academy director at University of Mobile. Rusty received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UM, a Master of Accounting from University of South Alabama, and is currently working on a Doctorate of Business Administration from Anderson University in Indiana. As an accounting professor, Rusty teaches all levels of accounting at UM. He also serves as the pastor to college students at Mars Hill Church and chaplain for the UM baseball team.