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Albert Gomez, III

Military standards like high morale, training up strong leaders and giving back to the greater good all motivate Army Capt. Albert J. Gomez III. So it’s no surprise that this student in Gatton’s MBA One Year Accelerated program sees the College’s renovation and expansion project through the eyes of a war veteran.

“Gatton is the nexus for not only current and future students, but also the alumni,” says Albert, who is nearing a May graduation date. “The College has produced some of the nation’s top leaders. This new facility is about a hand-in-hand partnership. Students will learn more from fellow classmates, and faculty within the facility will inspire the future leaders of the country and the world.”

Albert graduated from West Point in 2005 with a degree in foreign area studies of the Middle East. He has been a field artillery officer for the past seven years and has served three overseas deployments – two to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. He’s still on active duty during his year of study at UK. Following graduation, he will be assigned back to West Point to work in the Director of Admissions office.

Even though Albert plans to spend the next dozen years in the Army until his military retirement, he’s excited about the legacy that alumni are leaving for future students at Gatton. The renovation “will definitely help student morale.”

During his time at Gatton, Albert has been a part of Project Connect, in which a student team works closely with mentors on a business project. His team paired up with the Lexington Downtown Development Authority. The experience has been “awesome,” because “our efforts are directly affecting Lexington as a whole,” he says. But the facility at Gatton has sometimes hampered his team’s work together because of the cramped space.

“The hardest thing right now is that we have a couple of small breakout rooms where MBA teams can work. But they’re crowded and separated by room dividers. It’s hard to work. Sometimes, two classes are in a room at the same time, and it’s hard to find a spot. This renovation will help the programs a lot,” he says.

I hope they [Alumni] know that the students who will benefit from this are going to be the future leaders of the state and nation.

As well, the current facility isn’t up to speed, so to speak, with wireless connectivity. “It’s pretty slow. Sometimes you try to connect, and I’ve sat for 45 minutes waiting to be connected. For someone with a personal computer, it’s rough,” Albert says.

Ultimately, Albert is thinking about either a career in human resources or perhaps teaching. Whatever route he chooses after the Army, he’s proud that he received his MBA from a school where alumni gave back to the students.

“It’s awesome that they did this. This new facility was not something that they had while they were here. That they care, it’s pretty amazing. I hope they know that the students who will benefit from this are going to be the future leaders of the state and nation,” he says.