Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Jeff Culverhouse shared insights from his personal path to success with faculty and students on Sept. 20 as the Richards College of Business Executive in Residence for fall semester 2012.
The Richards College of Business Executive in Residence program is now in its sixteenth year and brings to UWG’s campus senior executives from a variety of fields to directly interact with students in a day-long format.
“The Executive in Residence program provides our students and faculty the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences through lectures, classes and informal gatherings,” said Dr. Faye McIntyre, dean of the Richards College of Business. “We are fortunate to have successful alumni willing to give back to our students through programs like this. Jeff is an inspiring example and demonstrates what can be achieved through hard work, creativity, and a devotion to excellence.”
Culverhouse earned a degree in Accounting from the former West Georgia College in 1976. After working in accounting and software implementation roles, he founded Systems Conversion Ltd. (SCL) in 1992. SCL is a nationally recognized pioneer in project management for software implementations, remote education and remote work force. Systems Conversion, Ltd. was recently selected to Inc.® Magazine's Top 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list.
No stranger to hard work and long hours, Culverhouse packed in a full day. He taught five courses focused on management and one on business systems and analysis to graduate and undergraduate students. He also spent mealtimes and an early evening reception with the Richards College of Business faculty and staff.
When Culverhouse began at what was then West Georgia College, the business he is currently in did not exist. “My accounting degree is the biggest piece of my foundation and it continues to help me today.”
Culverhouse has always enjoyed working with young people. He was back on campus on Oct. 16 to spend time with some of the fifteen new students he is now mentoring.
His advice to students: “You have to have goals and a plan to reach them. Work the plan and stay your course. It’s just that simple.”
When asked about UWG from his time as a student in the mid-70s and his impression of it now, he replied, “I really enjoyed my classes with Naomi Satterfield, and the overall quality of the business faculty was and remains excellent. I am very impressed with the campus. It’s a lot different, but a lot better. I like how the new buildings don’t overpower the old—the charm about campus is still here.”
In addition to growing Systems Conversion Ltd., Culverhouse is currently working on his first book, Characters I Have Met, Including Myself.
“It is a tremendous honor to have been asked to serve as the Richards College of Business Executive in Residence,” said Culverhouse. “Everyone has been so positive and receptive to me. I feel like a rock star and told Dean McIntyre that this has been the most enjoyable day. The best part is that I’ve made new friends.”