Eric Palmer ’06 M’07 Recognized with IUP Young Alumni Achievement Award-Business

Posted on 11/8/2018 4:08:44 PM

On Monday, November 5, 2018, Eric Palmer, was honored with the IUP Young Alumni Achievement award for the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology. 

Pictured is Eric Palmer, along with students, faculty, alumni and administrators from the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.Eric graduated from IUP in 2006 with a degree in small business management and entrepreneurship. Upon graduation, he worked in the IUP Small Business Development Center as a consultant. He completed his MBA in 2007, continued consulting with the SBDC and taught part-time classes at IUP in small business management and entrepreneurship.  

During his speech at the awards luncheon, Eric provided valuable advice to the students in attendance, “In the eyes of others, you will become who you associate with, so choose your friends wisely. Spend time with the folks in the positions you wish you were in, grab lunch with the manager, have coffee with the boss, and make small talk with CEO. You never know who is watching.”

After 3 or 4 years teaching and consulting in the Eberly College, Palmer changed directions. He had been teaching an evening class at the Indiana County Technology Center and learned that one of the administrators there was leaving her position. When the position was posted, he applied and became the Adult Education Coordinator in charge of postsecondary programs at the center. He spent the next five years learning how to manage people, balance budgets, and drive sales. He took every opportunity that he could find to challenge himself and those around him to grow and improve the center. 

Palmer was then appointed as the youngest director for a career and technology center in the state of Pennsylvania. Over the next three years, he transitioned from managing to leading. Under his leadership, ICTC was honored to be named one of the top performing schools in the state during each year he served as director. ICTC was also named Indiana County’s Employer of the year in 2017.

In 2018, Palmer left ICTC and was appointed as the executive director at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center, one of the largest centers of its kind in the state of PA.  

Palmer advised students to say “yes” to opportunities. He also encouraged them to be ambitious, but not selfishly. “If there is one thing that I would give all of you if I had the opportunity, it would be the ability pursue a career that you are passionate about,” said Palmer. “Once you find a career that you are passionate about, you become selflessly ambitious toward a cause that is much bigger than you, and that will undoubtedly lead to unlimited professional success.”  

Robert Camp, dean of the Eberly College, was pleased that Palmer was selected for this award. “Eric is a wonderful example of a student who worked hard during their academic career and took advantage of the many opportunities that Eberly has to offer such by being active in the SBDC, student organizations, international partnership, and community engagement programs,” he said. “His strong work ethic and leadership skills have  been consistent and have clearly enabled him to succeed in his profession. It’s been an honor to be associated with Eric, and I look forward to following his career path.”