Debbie Eytchison '07 '10
Debbie Eytchison had been out of school for 25 years when she enrolled at the University of Redlands to get her undergraduate degree. In many ways, it was a leap of faith. “I was terribly frightened,” she said, “not knowing if I could get my old study habits back.”
In the end, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business & Management, with honors. So pleasant was the experience, she said, that she decided immediately to turn around and get her MBA.
“I chose the University of Redlands for its evening program,” she said. “I could continue to work full-time and get my degree part-time in about two years. The level of education and degree of assistance received is much better than you would get from a bigger school.”
Her education has prepared her well to perform multiple tasks as a contracts manager and human resources expert at Trevet, a small environmental consulting firm in San Diego. She reviews and analyzes Requests For Proposals, ensures compliance with government acquisition regulations, prepares contracts and agreements, and preserves documents in accordance with government standards and audit regulations. “The most important aspect of government contracting,” she said, “is ethics compliance.”
Ethics was a large part of her studies at Redlands. Eytchison was a graduate research assistant at the Banta Center for Business and Ethics. She was also the recipient of the graduate level W. Gregor McFarlan Excellence in Contract Management Research and Writing Program from the National Contract Management Association. Her paper, “The Procurement Integrity Act: Is the Government Promoting Unethical Business Practices and Unfair Competition?” was published in the Journal of Contract Management.
“The topics we wrote about at the Banta Center not only gave me a clearer insight into what was happening in the economy and the world in which we live, but also, I had an opportunity to use this research for my course papers,” she said.
Today, Eytchison is a mentor to a student in the University of Redlands School of Business Mentor Program and also to a student with the NCMA Contract Management Development Program.
“Education and passing along what I have learned and experienced is extremely important to me,” she said. “If I can share just one piece of what I have learned along life’s journey with a student or co-worker, then I have accomplished what I have set out to do in life.”