Service Award – Reunion 2006

Andy Hershey likes to make friends.  His life reflects his pleasure in making new friends and meeting new challenges, and so does his work on behalf of Drew.

A native of York, Pennsylvania, Andy realized after a year at Old Dominion University that he wanted a different school.  Drew’s size, the Computer Initiative, and the proximity of New York lured him to The Forest.  After growing up in a very homogeneous area, he was fascinated and challenged by Drew, where his horizons grew, his mind opened, and he learned how to move into the real world.  He thrived on campus, especially enjoying his economics major and political science courses and the influence of Vivian Bull, Barbara Salmore, and then-President Kean.  In the 1989 Brussels Semester, he had the heady experience of seeing the Berlin Wall come down.

 

Upon graduating cum laude, Andy was drawn to a career in technology, just as he had been attracted by Drew’s emphasis on applying technology to academics.  After a first job with a printing company, he fulfilled his desire to work in technology sales by joining Hitachi Software in California.  In 1998 he moved to Computer Associates International, first in the San Francisco area and then in Virginia.  In 2001 he joined OPNET Technologies, where he is currently regional sales director for the Metro New York region.  In sales, he says, he gets paid to make friends, and he enjoys building new teams, developing new territories, and helping people solve problems through technology.

Andy is articulate about his love of Drew, his obligation to those who made Drew a special place for him, and his desire to advance Drew’s reputation.  He actively applies his talents with people and team-building to his work as an alumnus.  He helped to initiate the Drew San Francisco Bay Club and chaired its steering committee until his move to Virginia, where he now co-chairs the Washington D.C. Club steering committee.  He has been active in the College Alumni/ae Association since 1993, when as a participant in the Second Leadership Conference he gave a thoughtful evaluation.  He has chaired the Undergraduate Relations and Technology Committee for several years, and has been involved in the Development Committee, as well as serving as an economics volunteer and a Career Online Mentor.  He has been extensively involved in admissions support, and has been a Reunion Class Host and volunteer.

Until Andy met Maggie Angell, he thought coming to Drew was the best decision he ever made.  Since their marriage, he says, it runs a very close second.  Andy and Maggie, a lobbyist for the technology industry, live in Arlington, Virginia and enjoy the challenges of traveling.