From a Humble beginning
A lot of life happens in nearly two decades. There are good years, and there are tough years. There are lean years, and there are fat years. Yet through them all – 18 to be exact – Major Greg Humble ’01 has given back to his alma mater.
“The only time it was hard to give was the first time,” explains Humble. “But it was the first step in a habit. After that, it was easy.”
Humble credits his years of consecutive giving to the appreciation he feels to those that helped make his Radford University experience possible.
“Without those that came before me, I wouldn’t have had the same educational experiences,” he says. “Those that gave back to Radford enriched my university experience.”
Humble’s aforementioned Radford University experience actually began sight unseen, as the Rhode Island native applied to the university having never set eyes – let alone foot – on the campus.
“Having friends visiting and attending Virginia colleges, I was really impressed with the state’s colleges and universities,” Humble says. “I didn’t see the same level of care in New England. I didn’t see that same pride in their campuses.”
He continues, “My mom attended Radford for two years and, as the recipient of an Army ROTC scholarship, the University offered to cover my room and board. I picked Radford University having never visited the campus.
“But I had such confidence that I didn’t see it as a risk.”
Today Humble serves as the Network Modernization Team Lead, G-3/5/7 at Headquarters, Department of the Army, which serves as the corporate office of the United States Department of the Army. There he ensures that mission command is coordinated with Army priorities, especially where communications equipment and capabilities are concerned.
“I primarily look at how we can modernize our communications in a way to still maintain readiness,” he explains. “I definitely manage a lot of moving parts.”
Humble recognizes the role Radford University played in his current position, which is why he is passionate about ensuring that others receive similar opportunities.
“Radford University offers students the opportunity to study whatever it is they want to pursue,” he says. “The small size allows you to be in multiple organizations and be exposed to various leadership positions.”
In 2002, Humble established the Phi Sigma Pi Scholarship in order to assist future Radford University student leaders. As a member of the national honor fraternity, he wanted to make an impact on a student’s education. “We understood that starting an endowed scholarship may take time, but it would be worth it in the end.
“I believe it is our duty to give back,” he continues. “I wanted to give directly to a student in order to make it possible for them to attend college.”
Eighteen years in, Humble shows no signs of slowing down. “My hope is that one day the scholarship will be able to pay for all four years of a student’s education.”
One way to ensure such funding, Humble believes, is through more student giving.
“I want to see students give small amounts now,” he says. “The person you’ll be tomorrow is who you are today, so why not start that habit now?”