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Alumni Portrait
George Rears
Rutgers College '89
Major(s): Computer Science, Economics

Activities: Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights, Scarlet Key, Class Vice President, Corresponding Secretary of the Rutgers College Student Government (RCGA)

What attracted you to Rutgers University and the Honors Program?
As a high school senior, finances dictated that I would go to a New Jersey public college. The opportunity to join the Honors Program made Rutgers an easy choice, as I would have the opportunity to live among other honor students - and have guaranteed housing.

Why did you choose your major and minor?
Going into college, I chose computer science because it looked like a safe career choice. However, once I got to school, I really enjoyed economics, and after my sophomore year, I realized I had enough credits to easily finish the double major. So I did.

Tell us a little bit about what you're doing now. What was your first job after Rutgers? Where do you live?
I currently live in Mount Laurel, NJ, and serve as the Vice President, Technology Solutions for Association Headquarters, an association management firm that helps non-profit organizations fulfill their mission.

What has been your greatest professional and/or personal accomplishment since you graduated Rutgers?
At a personal level, I take great pride in my two children, one of whom is attending Rutgers, and one who started the SAS Honors Program in the Fall of 2016. At a professional level, I was recently awarded a Philadelphia area Executive Management Award for my work at AH (http://www.smartceo.com/2016-philadelphia-executive-management-awards-george-rears/)

Was there a class and/or experience at Rutgers that led you to pursuing your current career?
Ironically my Economics classes let me to pursue more of a management career. My computer science classes helped me get a job, but micro-economics, and the supply demand curve are the tools I use to this day.

What three words describe your experience at Rutgers and the Honors Program?
Unique. Fun. Eclectic. (Should I have included Educational?)

How has your Rutgers and SAS Honors Program education benefited you in your post-Rutgers life?
One of the best things about the Honors Program was that it is inter-disciplinary. Taking classes with people with majors other than my own, and having great discussions with them during seminars helped broaden my own analytical skills. As a comp sci economics guy my analysis was very process centric. Working with Philosophy majors and Psychology majors, and History majors really prepared me for interacting with people post college.

What advice do you have for our current SAS Honors Program students?
Rutgers is a big place- Go out and Experience it. As tempting as it is to find your comfort zone, this is the one time in your life where you can leave that comfort zone and try something different. There must be 30 different events going on each night at Rutgers. Try one that you know nothing about!

For more information about this Honors alum, visit:
http://www.smartceo.com/2016-philadelphia-executive-management-awards-george-rears/ 
www.ahredchair.com

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