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Catchin' Up With...Julia Glanz

Julia Glanz
Julia Glanz

I was never your traditional business school student. When it was time to decide on a major, I thought that the Perdue School would help me get a job, and it did. I graduated in 2011 with a management major and a minor in political science. I loved my management classes, but could never see myself working in a big corporate office. My heart was more in the political science realm.

Before graduation, I was diligently applying to jobs in the D.C./Baltimore area thinking I needed to get out of Salisbury because many of my classmates were trying to. Luckily, an opportunity presented itself for me to continue my studies at SU and postpone the "real world." For the next two years, I was immersed in the world of conflict resolution in the conflict analysis and dispute resolution master’s program at SU. I learned how to defuse situations, listen better and how to figure out what people really want.

Throughout my undergraduate and graduate years, I took advantage of every internship and opportunity to meet new people. By creating strong relationships through those experiences, I was able to meet someone who worked for the organization with which I later became employed. The American Federation for State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) took a chance on hiring a fresh-out-of-graduate-school student to ensure workers rights on the Eastern Shore. I’m glad they hired me because it enabled me to stay in Salisbury, which I call home, even though I will always be a "come here."

For about two years, I fought for state employee’s rights and protection. State employees have dangerous jobs that many people don’t think about. They are correctional officers keeping us from the most dangerous people, state hospital employees dealing with the mentally ill, social workers doing home visits, state highway workers fixing our roads, and so much more. I made sure employees were safe at work, negotiated contracts, represented their concerns in Annapolis and organized new members. Once you work for a union, I think you can do anything. I loved working for AFSCME, but it wasn’t my true calling.

In April of this year, I started working for the City of Salisbury as the assistant city administrator. Every day presents a new challenge, whether it is dealing with our budget (helping to prepare a $50 million plus budget!), risk and emergency management, special projects for the mayor, policy ideas, or working with our 10 department heads and over 400 employees. It is such a great feeling to go to work doing what I absolutely love and knowing that I am helping to make Salisbury a more livable, safe, environmentally healthy and economically viable place for our citizens.

All of the opportunities I took advantage of at SU have set me up for success in the government field I am in right now. I think the mix of business, political science and conflict resolution classes have been the perfect combination for me. Being asked to write for "Catchin’ Up With" has let me reflect on how much the Perdue School of Business taught me. Skills that I use on a daily basis in the Mayor’s Office. Without completing my courses in the Perdue School, my life would be completely different.

I think one of the keys to success is meeting new people and genuinely getting to know them and staying in touch. I have had numerous mentors over the years who have pushed me to do more than I thought possible. Without those relationship and finding new opportunities I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Outside of work, I volunteer with the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs as a weekend puppy raiser. It is a program where these organizations work with prisons to have inmates train puppies during the week and volunteers take the same dog each weekend to help socialize them. My dog Barrie will hopefully be a PTSD support dog and work with veterans to make their lives easier. It is an amazing program for all involved: veteran, inmate and weekend puppy raiser.

In 2014, I bought a condo on Main Street in Salisbury and it is wonderful to watch the downtown transform to a more vibrant city core. I’m happy that life worked out the way it did because I always loved the City of Salisbury as a student and now I get to live and work here. We are in the middle of a renaissance in Salisbury, and I know more and more students will have opportunities to stay in the area and give back to the community and school they love.