DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Jeremiah Elliott
Jeremiah Elliott always knew he wanted to stay close to home. What he did not know was that he would find a home at Mississippi State University.
A West Point native and Mississippi University for Women graduate, Elliott has always loved the Golden Triangle area. He majored in accounting and worked in a private accounting firm close by, yet he hoped for something different.
I would come in before daylight and leave after dark,” he said. “I literally would not see daylight at all.”
Not only that, but his former job lacked the sense of community and closeness he desired, and the private industry sector of accounting faced decline.
"I knew it wasn’t something that would last much longer, and I always wanted to try university accounting,” Elliot said. “In private industry you’re trying to make a profit, but here you’re trying to spend within your budget. One focuses on what you can make, and the other, what you can spend.”
He began searching for a university position and discovered an opening in his current department. Elliott applied, got the position, and has served MSU for four years by working with grants and managing funds in the School of Human Sciences.
To students interested in this type of accounting, I would say be professional, be persistent and work hard. Most of all, always have a good work ethic,” he said.
Outside of work, Elliott’s life looks completely different. He and his wife spend up to three hours each evening taking care of 60 cattle on 120 acres of land.
It’s a nice change of pace to be at home and go outside with cattle instead of handling numbers,” Elliott said.
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