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Name: Hunter Earnest
Graduation year: 2015
Hometown: Bolivar, Tenn.
Major: Business Administration
Campus location: Nashville/Cool Springs
Current employer and job title/description: TriStar Health, Director of EMS Relations,
Number of years in current career: 3 years
Activities: Spending time with family; attending my kids sporting events
Favorite quote: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” C.S.
Favorite book(s): Lone Survivor, The Shack
Favorite music: Alternative, 80’s music
Favorite movie: Saving Private Ryan
Favorite past-time: Going to the movies
Tell us about yourself. I’m a divorced father of three, Kyle, Hannah, and Hallie. They are the greatest motivators
in my life. My career background is in healthcare and emergency services. I’m a licensed
Registered Nurse and Paramedic; I have worked in both the EMS and hospital settings.
Serving others in their time of need is humbling and gratifying experience. Currently
my career is focused on healthcare operations and delivery. I love my family and am
grateful to have this opportunity to continue my education.
What did you like best about King? The schedule was perfect and I’m proud to be a part of a Christian university. The
staff at King have been so helpful and feel like old friends, especially Josie Russell.
If you have taken college courses or have received a degree prior to entering King’s
GPS program, list the school and area of study (or degree/major/concentration). Excelsior College- Associate of Science in Nursing; Jackson State Community College-
Associate of Science in Paramedicine
How have things changed for you beginning your degree program at King? Have you progressed
in your current career or will this degree possibly lead to a new career path? It’s still early, but it has opened my eyes to opportunities and the coursework is
perfectly aligned with my career goals so everything learned is immediately utilized
in my daily work activities. It’s not just “checking the box” of having a degree,
the concepts and tools acquired are key ingredients to success.
What advice do you have for other working adults considering the GPS program? You can do it! Make the decision and take the plunge, and choose King. The King staff
have made the transition back to school much easier than I thought it would be.
What reaction did you have from family and coworkers when you went back to school?
My family is supportive. It’s an opportunity for me to set an example for my children,
and stress the importance of a higher education.
How did the GPS program class schedule worked for you – 1 night/day per week for approximately
16 months? I love the classroom interaction. It’s perfect for a working adult and 16 months
is not overwhelming.
Does your class schedule allow you the freedom and time to manage work and family
responsibilities well? The class schedule and coursework are challenging, but not so much that it creates
a significant burden or loss of family activities.
What was your favorite class? So far Business Communications is my favorite. That may change as I move through
the program. I’m very interested in Business Law.
Who has influenced you the most? I have had many positive influences in my life - my parents, my grandparents, and
What is your favorite memory of King? No one memory. The staff, professors, and other students will be my fondest memories.
What do you think sets King apart from other schools? The personal attention I received was like no other school I have experienced. It
exceeded my expectations.