Zac Campbell

Electronics Engineering and Technology
Graduation Year: 
Moundsville, WV
Current City: 
Parkersburg, WV
Current Position and Company: 
Vice President of Projects, Pickering Associates
What brought you to Fairmont State University?: 
The campus, environment and culture were exactly what my family and I were looking for. I was also recruited as a baseball player and 4-year starter.
Were you a commuter or a resident?: 
Resident, Pence Hall my freshman year and then off campus.
What activities were you involved with as a student?: 
4 year starting pitcher for the baseball team.
Of all the classes you took, what is the one class you would recommend everyone take? Who taught it? Why would you recommend it?: 
Mrs. Murphy – Safety Engineering. Honestly, I felt it prepared my most for the real world, not because of content necessarily, but the interactions, presentations and ability to communicate with peers and professionals.
Did you have a favorite professor, staff member, coach, or mentor who really impacted your life?: 
Coach Price – he was the catcher’s coach for my entire time at FSU. He was a bulldog, led by example. He taught me that to be prepared removed the need for anxiety in any situation life presented you.
Share your best college memory.: 
My best college memory was meeting my wife. Tara actually was a work study for the baseball coach at the time and actually gave my family our recruiting tour on campus. It is pretty special to share those memories with her still today.
What do you remember most vividly from your time at Fairmont State?: 
The Feaster Center, and the 5am conditioning training. Surprisingly, I do not look at it in a negative view either. The work ethic that help foster into my daily life still helps me to this day.
Describe Fairmont State in three words.: 
Family, Culture, Atmosphere.
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?: 
I wish I had more of a business and finance background coming out of school. The classes are available, I just never made them a priority. That is something I had to learn on the go.
How did your experience at Fairmont State shape your career path?: 
Fairmont State provided me the opportunity, which is all a person can ask for. I was hired and started my career the Monday after graduation. More importantly, it laid the foundation that is needed to build a successful career. Instilling work ethic, people skills, and motivation to be the best version of myself every day.
What advice or insight do you have for Fairmont State alumni and students interested in your career field?: 
Get yourself out in front of people. Everyone you compete against in your career will have similar training and education, but it is those who are willing to step outside of their comfort zone and grow communication and leadership skills that will set you apart from the field.
What is the last book you read? : 
Leading at the Edge by Dennis Perkins.
List 3-5 fun facts about yourself that most people probably wouldn’t know. : 
I tend to be an open book with most people I am surrounding with.
I come off as a bit of a gym rat and very active person, which I am, but I am still a big-time video gamer.
One could probably classify me as a Marvel nerd.