In each issue of Circle Park News, we feature one or more members of the CCI Board of Visitors through a Q&A session. Ed Ingle is this issue’s featured member.
R. Edward Ingle, a 1983 graduate of CCI, is Managing Director of Government Affairs at Microsoft Corporation. He also holds an MPA in Public Policy and Public Finance from Indiana University. Ed is an adjunct professor of New York University’s Graduate Program for Corporate Communication, a board member for Operation Hope, principal for the Council for Excellence in Government, and a board member of the Bryce Harlow Foundation. Ed and his wife, Arezu, live in Virginia.
CCI – How and when did you first get involved (on a volunteer basis) with CCI?
Ed – I joined the CCI Board of Visitors in 1999.
CCI – In your view, what is the most important or impactful role you’ve played as a volunteer?
Ed – Giving back in terms of both my financial support and my time through the Board of Visitors. I think it’s important to help students directly and indirectly. Hopefully, many of the students who receive such financial support will be in a position down the road to help the next generation of UT students.
CCI – Why have you chosen to support the college (financially and/or with your time)? Why do you see this as important?
Ed – As a student, I benefited from alumni who gave back to the college, and I’m now more than happy to return the favor.
CCI – What do you hope to accomplish during your term with the BOV?
Ed – My goal is to bring my experience to the BOV as a corporate professional, in addition to sharing the real-time skill needs of companies like Microsoft from CCI graduates.
CCI – Is there anything exciting or interesting going on “behind the scenes” in CCI of which the average alum might not be aware?
Ed – The new Scripps Convergence Lab is a huge asset for CCI. If you are a CCI alumnus, please make an effort to visit the lab the next time you are on campus. It will make you proud.
CCI – If someone is considering volunteerism as a way to “give back” to the University, what advice would you have for them? Why should they do it?
Ed – Take it from me, giving back to the University via your time and/or your financial support – no matter at what level – will serve to rejuvenate your own professional juices, while deepening your affection for UT.
CCI – What from your UT and CCI experience has “stuck with you” during life since graduating?
Ed – I really treasure the relationships that I had with some of the faculty at CCI when I was in the program. Their direct interest in me and my career truly made a difference.
CCI – What is your favorite memory from your time as a student at UT?
Ed – I was a Student Orientation Assistant while at UT, which I think they now refer to as a Student Orientation Leader. Our role was to promote the University to potential students and their parents. And I’m happy to continue to promote UT when and where I can, and to play some small role in making a great university even greater.