Smeal accounting alumnus gives back to Smeal, the community

Andrew Moses earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Penn State Smeal College of Business in 2007. Since then, he has moved up the ranks in his career and has also used his talents to advance fundraising, awareness and advocacy efforts on behalf of Autism Speaks as well as become more involved in the Smeal Alumni Society.

Moses currently works as manager of strategic growth for MorganFranklin Consulting, a leading business consulting and technology solutions company with offices in Washington, D.C., and London. The firm delivers financial management, performance improvement and technology enablement solutions to public companies, fast-growing private companies and government clients.

“Two of the three co-founders of MorganFranklin are Penn State alumni and the company’s tight-knit, community-focused culture reminds me very much of the community spirit at Penn State,” said Moses.

“As I build my career, I become increasingly grateful for the way Penn State and the Smeal College of Business prepared me as both a person and as a professional. Alumni have a role to play in making Penn State what it is. Our continued work with the University as alumni helps to ensure that the same opportunities we were afforded at Penn State are available to students for generations to come.”

                                        -- Andrew Moses, 2007 accounting alumnus

Joining the company inspired Moses to become more involved with his alma mater too, he explained.

“As I build my career, I become increasingly grateful for the way Penn State and the Smeal College of Business prepared me as both a person and as a professional. I decided to give back to Smeal as a small token of appreciation,” said Moses. “Alumni have a role to play in making Penn State what it is. Our continued work with the University as alumni helps to ensure that the same opportunities we were afforded at Penn State are available to students for generations to come.”

After a few conversations with the alumni relations office, Moses decided to lead Smeal Alumni Society efforts to create a Smeal regional alumni chapter in Washington, D.C. In just over two years, he organized a network of more than 400 Smeal graduates in the D.C. metro area. “The group recognizes its role in helping the Smeal College promote the Smeal brand in the business community and we will collectively work tirelessly to do so,” Moses said.

Moses currently serves as president of the group, which gathers quarterly for professional development and networking events. In recognition of his efforts, he was named the 2013 National Volunteer of the Year by Penn State’s Alumni Association.

In addition to the work Moses does with Smeal alumni, he also serves as a consultant for Autism SpeaksU, a national initiative that he co-founded in 2008 dedicated to supporting college students in the development of fundraising, awareness and advocacy events on behalf of Autism Speaks.  His involvement with the organization began while he was still in college, when he helped create a fundraising event at Penn State for Autism Speaks in 2006. After several successful years organizing the Penn State event, Moses helped roll out this fundraising model to other universities.

“My parents always taught me that I was part of something bigger than myself and they encouraged me to give back to the community,” he said. “One of the things I love most about Penn State is its philanthropic spirit. I am so honored to call myself a Penn Stater and I also believe that being a Penn Stater comes with responsibility to give back."

He continued, “Autism SpeaksU is now in 21 different states, has raised well over $1 million, and continues to grow every day thanks to students at Universities all across America who are inspired by what thousands of Penn Staters have done for the autism community since 2006. Knowing that Penn State is responsible for this nationwide movement gives me an immense amount of pride.”

Moses is still involved with Autism Speaks as a consultant, as well as through the annual Penn State fundraising event that he started nearly a decade ago.

“The people that make up Penn State University are capable of incredible things. I am so proud and honored to be a small part of that tradition,” he said.

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Last Updated February 04, 2014