Growing up in the small town of Columbia, Miss., Arthur Lumzy, Jr.’s journey to becoming the Director of Career Services for the University of North Texas at Dallas began with a love and passion for reading at a young age.

“I think we only have one stop sign in our town,” said Lumzy of Columbia, which is about 40 miles west of Hattiesburg, Miss. “But, one of the things we did have my parents encouraged early on was taking advantage of the local public library. To this day, I still read things that are of interest to me and things that are not even related, because you never know how that information might benefit you or someone else, which leads back to my current position.”

Lumzy’s position at UNT Dallas means a lot to him. Not only does he get to serve as a role model for the entire student body, but specifically black males.

“Over 30 percent of our student population consist of African Americans and I do not take that lightly,” said Lumzy. “The fact that I get to interact with them on a day-to-day basis, along with being able to help them achieve their goals is such a blessing.”

The keys to his success? Building relationships and taking advantage of each and every opportunity available.

“The one thing that I think students can benefit from is leveraging those relationships and utilizing their network and/or networking as a key skill that they need in order to succeed in our global economy.”