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Defense Worker is New Student Board Member

July 1, 2005

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has named Anne Arundel Community College Criminal Justice major Craig E. Reynolds of Glen Burnie to a one-year term as student member of AACC’s Board of Trustees effective July 1.

Reynolds, 21, a community service advocate, is hoping other students at AACC will follow his lead and make time for volunteer work in groups and organizations. Employed full time since age 18 at banks and now at the Department of the Defense, he attends college classes at night and volunteers either before his evening classes or on weekends.

"I have some ideas on helping students be more involved," he said. "I know some of them work full time - so do I, and some have children, but sometimes just an hour of their time can make a difference."

He concedes that his work, school and volunteer schedule "sometimes make it seem like a very long day." But all three activities are important to Reynolds, who plans to graduate in May 2006 with an Associate of Applied Science degree.

"I know where I want to go," he said. "I just have to get there."

His ultimate goal is a job as a special agent for the federal government. After graduating from AACC, he plans to continue his education, working toward a four-year degree in criminal justice. Then, he will undergo special agent training. Special agents have numerous career possibilities, and Reynolds thinks he would enjoy most of them.

His career focus has changed substantially since he graduated from Old Mill high school, when he envisioned working in the financial sector.

"I like money and I like financial concepts," he said, laughing.

Although the career seemed a good match, Reynolds found that he didn’t enjoy banking. He tried jobs at two different banks, working as a teller, a senior teller and dabbling in marketing.

Then, friends who worked for the Department of Defense at Fort Meade suggested he apply for a security information specialist position. Reynolds thinks his background working in positions of trust at banks probably helped him land the job. Almost immediately, he knew he had found his niche. His supervisors agreed, promoting him to his present job as a military affairs desk officer after slightly more than a year.

During this career change, Reynolds was taking AACC general education and business courses. He switched his major to criminal justice and said better marks confirm he’s made the right career move.

While at AACC, Reynolds has participated in the Maryland Student Legislature, where he served as comptroller and membership coordinator, and in the United States Student Congress, where he served as vice president. He hopes those experiences will help him be an effective board member.

As the student representative to the Board of Trustees, Reynolds is a voting member and represents the more than 53,000 students who attend credit and noncredit classes annually at AACC. For information about the AACC Board of Trustees.