School of Social Sciences and International Studies

Scott DeHeart

Student Employee of the Year
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Scott DeHart is a 2009 graduate of Wright State University, where he earned his B.S. in Business with dual majors in Human Resources Management and Management and completed a minor in French. He worked as a Student Assistant in the Department of Modern Languages from 2006 to 2009 and was chosen as the 2007 Wright State University Student Employee of the Year. Scott was a member of the collegiate honor societies for French (Pi Delta Phi) and business (Beta Gamma Sigma) and served as President of Campus Crusade for Christ at WSU.  Scott also took part in the 2007 WSU Ambassador Program immersion experience in Paris.

After graduating from WSU, Scott relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he accepted a position as an HR Generalist for CABVI, a private, not-for-profit agency providing comprehensive rehabilitation services for the blind.  In 2011, Scott was promoted to the position of HR Manager and earned his certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).  He continued his education, enrolling as a part-time law student at Northern Kentucky University. On December 2, 2013, Scott will be relocating to New York City, where he is joining the staff of the Fu Foundation College of Engineering and Applied Science, at Columbia University.  Scott will serve as the school’s Associate Director of Human Resources, providing leadership for its recruitment and employee development activities.  He plans to resume his education part-time at one of New York’s schools and complete his law degree.

Scott credits his study of French language at WSU with helping to advance his career.  “Prospective employers have always wanted to hear more about my French minor during interviews; it helped me to stand out as a job candidate.  Business today happens on a global scale, and organizations are increasingly recognizing the value of employees who can navigate different languages and cultures.  By studying a foreign language at WSU, I sharpened my writing skills, learned to communicate across cultural barriers, became more confident with speaking in front of groups, and broadened my understanding of the world.”

Scott's advice for Students considering a Major or Minor in a foreign language: "Go and talk with an advisor about what sort of work you'd enjoy doing after college. Studying a foreign language has so many practical applications -- it might just be the right road to lead you to a career you'll really love!"


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