Makayla Wilkins is graduating from Appalachian State University with a Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics.
At Appalachian, Wilkins served as executive director for Beans 2 Brew, the student-run, interdisciplinary coffee shop in Peacock Hall.
Wilkins named several professors and staff members in the Walker College of Business as most impactful on her Appalachian Experience, including:
- Jeff Kaleta, an assistant professor of computer information systems, for incredible CIS and supply chain knowledge and an open door policy helped support her academically and personally.
- Sara Figlow, entrepreneurship specialist, for business and general life advice.
- Austin Eggers, an assistant professor of finance and banking, for his calming presence and his business law class.
- Laura Brewer, a lecturer of marketing for her supply chain advice.
Wilkins also said that Erich Schlenker, Dinesh Dave, Edgar Hassler, and Chuck Ciaramita have influenced her trajectory. "App State is where I became a real adult and found the best friends and professors of my life. I will be a heavily involved alumni because I'm very proud of both of my programs of study.
Wilkins will next serve as a Transformation Consulting Associate with Grant Thornton in Charlotte, NC.