Raymond J. Harbert
College of Business
Dean and Wells Fargo Professor
This past summer, I was fortunate enough to go on a study abroad internship to Chengdu, China, where I worked for Chevron Corporation for a month and a half. I had the time of my life. My typical day went from waking up in our villa and hopping on a coach bus for the hourlong commute to the city, to working in a corporate office from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour lunch break to eat traditional and local Chinese food. I had a little bit of an advantage because I had previously completed five years of Chinese and have a minor in Asian Studies. That being said, the most meaningful aspect for me was seeing all of my classroom learning and hard work really come to life before my eyes and become readily for me to practice my Chinese when I wished. This kind of experience has really helped show me what the dynamic of an office is really like, how day-to-day operations run, and really how to think analytically.
of Austin, Texas
father of Harbert College marketing junior Megan Bifano
We’re strong believers in the value of higher education and are pleased to be in a position where we can help others further their education. We’re supportive of international opportunities because technology has enabled commerce and business to evolve to the point where the economies of countries in today’s world interact on a global scale. Auburn, like other universities, recognizes the need for international study as an important element in today’s business education. We’re happy to join other donors in supporting international study opportunities to enable Auburn graduates to be competitive in today’s job market. We hope our support will enable more Harbert College of Business students to gain a better appreciation of the cultural and economic diversity outside the United States and help prepare them to be successful leaders in today’s global economy. [My wife,] Marge, and I would encourage anyone considering some form of support to engage with Dean Hardgrave and his staff, understand their needs, and then invest in something that resonates with them.