A University of North Florida undergraduate degree can give you a competitive edge in the workforce. Add a master's degree to the mix, and you could become chief operating officer of a public accounting firm before turning 40.
Just ask Anna Brosche. The accounting graduate quickly ascended the corporate ladder thanks to her UNF education, and she made a contribution to The Power of Transformation campaign to ensure other students will have access to similar educational opportunities.
"I appreciate the University more and more with every passing year," Brosche said. "I enjoyed my experience while I was here personally and academically, and it prepared me professionally. That's what every student needs from a college experience, and I wanted to contribute to the school that helped shape some of my success."
Brosche is one of four partners in the CPA firm of Ennis, Pellum & Associates of Jacksonville, where she has worked since 2002. She said her UNF coursework and the guidance she received from Dr. Jeffrey Michelman helped steer her through the corporate world.
"It's great to have an M.B.A. or another advanced degree, but job candidates need the ability to think critically and be really well-versed in a number of different areas," she said. "I learned to look at the bigger picture at UNF."
That's why Brosche has continually given back to UNF through volunteerism and personal philanthropy. She helped in the formation of the Coggin College of Business Alumni Chapter in 2005 by merging the Graduate Business Club and the Coggin College Alumni Association and went on to become president in 2007. At the time, there were 20 board members, and she challenged each of them to contribute to the University's ongoing capital campaign. They reached 100 percent participation just five months later. In addition, Brosche is a board member for the University's Foundation and offers her experience as a mentor in UNF's Coggin College Career Management Center.
She and her husband, David, boosted their University contribution in 2009 and formed a University fellowship. Brosche, a Jacksonville native, said contributing in such a manner has been one of her proudest personal achievements. She's passionate about her hometown, and she said UNF is a major factor in the cultural and economic development of the First Coast.
She's so driven to see UNF succeed that she even worked as an unpaid and informal student recruiter.
"My husband graduated from UNF in December 2011 with his M.B.A.," Brosche said. "He got his undergrad degree from JU, so I joked that I was fixing him and pushed him toward UNF for his graduate degree. I'm excited he was able to experience a UNF education for himself. And with our fellowship, I hope many more students get to do the same."