Lionbergers Contribute to “Formula for Success”
Ferrum College Board of Trustees Chairman Sam Lionberger and his wife, Rindy, are well known for their generous giving and support of Ferrum and the initiatives of the College. Their most recent gift as part of the Centennial Campaign underscores their commitment to playing a part in the successful future of the College. As chair of the Board of Trustees, Lionberger says one of his main goals is to improve core academic standards so students who look for a job are prepared to be productive and successful for their employer in a shorter time frame.
Sam and Rindy Lionberger have given funds to be used as student scholarships, with the belief that these scholarships will enable deserving students to start on the path to a career of their choice. “We believe Ferrum College students come to their employers with a strong work ethic and are more competitive because they require less training; thus, there is shorter time until they are productive in their respective positions,” says Sam Lionberger. He notes that it has been his experience that employers are often astounded at how many students and others come into a job interview expecting benefits, and are only concerned with the number of required working hours and the amount of vacation time. With a Ferrum College student, Lionberger feels the lesson of teaching students they are essentially independent contractors when competing for positions in the job market is the formula for success. “I want Ferrum students to understand this is impressive to employers, and this is what we teach at Ferrum,” he says.
Not only does Ferrum prepare students in this manner, but Lionberger notes that Ferrum is second to none in providing a core business education, no matter what the chosen major of the student. “All majors, from business to environmental science, will benefit from an understanding of basic business principles,” he says. Lionberger believes that, “students need to understand that all employees have a function and responsibility in a business being able to be successful.”