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Staff Profile: John Long

John Long

John Long advising at the Student Success Center

John Long didn’t want a job. He wanted THE job.

He found it at Elgin Community College, as a member of the college’s new academic advising team. He started in May 2014.

“This was the place to be,” said Long. “I wanted to be a part of it.”

Prior to May, Long worked as an academic advisor at Florida International University in Miami, a position he had for three years. He enjoyed that job, especially helping community college students transition to FIU.

Then he had a revelation: “I’ve been working with first and second year students so much, why don’t I make it my career?”

Long spent seven months searching for the right college. He interviewed at four colleges before learning about the position at ECC. It was the perfect option—especially after he spoke to Gregory Robinson, dean of Student Services and Development, and Peggy Gundrum, managing director of Academic Advising and Career Development Services, about the newly-formed Student Success Center.

He said Robinson and Gundrum impressed him with their vision for the center, especially the research and evidence they used in creating the model. That spoke to him.

Although the Student Success Center is still new, Long knows he made the right choice, especially when he receives positive feedback from students. 

“That’s why we all do this,” he said. “We want to see students succeed.”

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