Ryan DeCoud earned a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a Master of Business Administration concentrating in management and leadership from Holy Names University. DeCoud now works as a contracts specialist in the Purchasing Department of the Alameda County General Services Agency. The department is responsible for procuring goods and services for all county agencies and departments—from preparing purchase orders and drafting contracts to conducting competitive bid solicitations.
How do you feel your HNU education has changed your life? Your point of view and perspectives?
The education I received at HNU has changed my life by instilling certain values and confidence within me. From the education and experience I gained while attending HNU, I feel as if I can be a solid contributor on any task given to me. My education has also taught me, and provided me with the tools, to step outside my comfort zone and take chances. I have gained knowledge that has allowed me to think strategically through different processes in both my professional and personal life.
Did HNU influence your decision to work in local government?
My choice to work in local government was definitely influenced by attending HNU—an institution that is very involved in community activities.
What made you decide to attend HNU?
HNU offers a learning environment that allows you to fully understand and develop the skills that are needed when you face the job market. I enjoyed the tightknit community of students whom I attended school functions with and was able to work with in study groups and on projects. All students and instructors at HNU really work together to achieve the common goal of learning.
What excites you most about HNU?
I am excited by how HNU strives to create a diverse student body.
Who is the person who influenced you the most at HNU?
The late James Durbin, former chairperson of the Business Department, had a way of explaining complicated material and making it understandable for his students. He truly cared about his students learning the material he presented.
What did you enjoy the most about your time at HNU?
I really enjoyed the relationships I built with fellow students. It was great how everyone came together to study for tests and complete complex projects. I also enjoyed the way the instructors pushed us to be the best we could be and make what seemed impossible, possible. The lessons learned during my time at HNU made it easier to transition from college to my professional career.
How do you see HNU changing in the future?
I see HNU being a place that continues to adapt and produce students that will be great contributors to society.
What advice would you give to a new student?
Take advantage of every opportunity while at HNU. Volunteer, try and get internships, do everything you can to get experience in the employment field you plan on pursuing. Experience is such a valuable asset when you leave college and enter the job market.