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Alumni Spotlight: Scott Conger

by Bethel University

Scott Conger, a Bethel University alumnus and the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Tenn., is widely known for his service to the local community. As a Jackson, Tenn. native, Conger has spent his career working towards the betterment of his hometown through his volunteer work and service as a board member for multiple education and economic boards within the region. Throughout his career, Conger has served as a board member for the Jackson Chamber, Jackson Downtown Development Corporation, and Area Relief Ministries among others. Conger will begin his term as mayor on July 1.

In addition to his role as mayor, Conger serves as president and CEO of United Way of West Tennessee, a nonprofit organization that “focuses on uniting people and resources to build a stronger, healthier community” according to the United Way website. The organization provides services such as disaster relief and Christmas assistance to the community. Conger has held this role since 2015. Preceding his current position, Conger served as a city councilman for the city of Jackson for six years.

The mayor-elect and CEO is a proud Bethel University alumnus and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Bethel University. Conger graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Bethel University College of Professional Studies in 2012. Conger, who has an undergraduate degree in history, offered, “I knew if I wanted to do anything beyond my current role, I needed to get an MBA or graduate degree. I think everything that I’ve done since graduating has been, in part, because of my MBA from Bethel University.”

The Bethel University College of Professional Studies MBA program, which was named one of the top 25 executive MBA programs in the nation by College Consensus, can be completed online in as little as 19-23 months. Conger noted that the program is “very manageable” for working adults due to its online delivery which allows students to complete the program while working full-time. When asked if he had any advice for others who may be considering the possibility of furthering their education with an MBA from Bethel University, Conger responded, “Do it!”

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