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Eric Gregoire

Mr. Eric A. Gregoire (2011 graduate)

Biography

Eric Gregoire graduated with distinction as a Commonwealth Scholar from Fitchburg State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. At Fitchburg State, Eric was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and elected president of the Fitchburg State Student Government Association in 2010. Eric was a member of the Political Science Club, Model United Nations, and inducted as a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. Beyond his campus involvement, he served as the State University Segmental Advisor to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and as the state university student representative to the Student Healthcare Program Steering Committee, exploring ways to bring affordable insurance to students. In May 2012, Eric earned his Master of Education in Policy, Planning, and Administration from Boston University. While at Boston University, he was appointed to a U.S. Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Teacher Preparation as a non-federal negotiator representing post-secondary students.

In November 2012, Eric was appointed chief of staff to the mayor of Amesbury, Thatcher W. Kezer III. As chief of staff, he was responsible for developing and implementing initiatives, advising on policy matters, participating in annual budget development, serving as liaison to constituent groups, and supporting on-going municipal operations. In February 2014, State Senate candidate James "Chip" Harrington tapped Eric to serve as Chairman and Campaign Manager for his bid for the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District Senate seat. Eric currently works as a Budget Analyst for the University of Massachusetts President's Office assisting with budget development, financial aid reporting, and general policy priorities for the five-campus system. Eric has continued his service to the Fitchburg State community as an alumnus, currently serving as President-Elect of the University's Alumni Association. Eric is a resident of Ludlow, Massachusetts and a member of the Ludlow Finance Committee.

Fitchburg State POLS Experiences & Impact on Career

While at Fitchburg State I had the opportunity to take advantage of academic and co-curricular offerings which provided a holistic educational experience. I was able to learn content from faculty members experienced not only in the classroom, but also in real-world experiences. I then put those theories and lessons into practice on campus as a member of the Model UN and student government leader; as well as statewide as a member of the Board of Higher Education. My academic experience was diverse in the type of course offerings I was able to take, thereby allowing me to explore different areas of political science and settle on a career path. The Political Science faculty was instrumental in guiding me toward internship opportunities both on campus and in Washington, DC, to further explore what my interests truly were.

My Political Science education at Fitchburg State has continued to impact my career. Originally, it showed me that there is more than one track to getting a job in the field and that I shouldn't be afraid to explore those alternative paths. In every job I continue to utilize the theories taught in my classes and turn to my various co-curricular experiences to forge ahead.

Advice to offer current/prospective students -- best lesson that provides perspective today

The best advice I could offer to anyone is to involve yourself with not only the academic experience, but also take advantage of the co-curricular offerings that align with your interests and the Political Science discipline. The experiences that you gain from those activities will serve to make you a well-rounded student and stronger candidate when it comes time for job searching. Additionally, take time to get to know your faculty members and learn about their experiences and research interests. They are tremendous mentors seeking to support all of their students and offer you so much more than just teaching your classes.