Asbury Grad Gives Back to Alma Mater
Pam Downing was recently hired to be the Academic Support Program Coordinator at Asbury University, but it is not Downing’s first time being a part of the Asbury family. Downing recently graduated from Asbury University’s Master of Social Work program.
In 2007, Downing felt a call from God to become a social worker but resisted going back to school because there was no local program she wanted to attend. One day, while visiting a friend who was also considering getting her MSW, Downing was handed one of Asbury’s MSW packets. “I called the MSW program’s office and talked to the admissions counselor, and everything just fell into place,” Downing said.
After two challenging, rewarding and joy-filled years in the program, Downing graduated and began studying for the state licensure test. While studying, she was contacted by Theresa Jenkins — Director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Asbury — who asked if Downing would like to apply for the Academic Support Program Coordinator position. “I was really surprised. I thought quite a bit about becoming a school social worker, but I never considered doing it at the university level,” Downing said.
When asked why she decided to rejoin the Asbury community in this new position, Downing said, “There is a peace here at Asbury that I have not found anywhere else. I am really enjoying my new job. It is challenging learning the ropes and the new processes, but working with the students makes it such a joy.”
“I am happy to have Pam back at Asbury,” said Aaron Wilkinson, Coordinator of MSW Admissions and Marketing. “The fact that Asbury hired one of our MSW graduates says a lot about the institution’s belief in what we are doing.”