Professor Will Snyder and business accounting student Lana Kress
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Passion and Empowerment in the MPAc Program

I first met MPAc Executive Director Will Snyder during my admissions interview. I was a bundle of nerves as I sat and listened to him talk about the MPAc program

I distinctly remember him saying, “This is the type of program where we will both have tears in our eyes at graduation.” If any other person would have said that, I probably would have laughed out loud, but there is no one quite like Will Snyder. Within minutes of meeting with Will, his passion and enthusiasm for the MPAc program—and every student in it—was abundantly clear.

Professor Will Snyder and business accounting student Lana Kress

I walked out of Gallagher Hall that day, and laughed as I waited for a tractor to drive by before I could cross the street. That moment I knew that despite all my anxieties about leaving my friends and family in Southern California, I wanted to be a part of the Master of Professional Accountancy program.

Most professors are good at teaching, but few take the time to focus on future career paths for their students. Even fewer take the time to care about their students on a personal level. Will Snyder manages to do all of that—and more.

This community constantly inspires me to be a better person and do more. I feel lucky to be a part of it.

This October I was balancing my first graduate-level courses with job recruiting at eight different firms. To say it was overwhelming is an understatement. But throughout the whole process, Will was always available to listen to my concerns, answer my questions and give advice. I was always amazed at how quickly he could fit me in to his busy schedule. Every time I met with him, there was always another student coming or going from his office.

No matter how busy he is, Will always makes time for us. He demonstrates how important our success and well-being are to him. We all know he will always be in our corner to encourage and support us. More importantly, he empowers us to solve our own problems.  

“This is the type of program where we will both have tears in our eyes at graduation.”

Will is passionate about teaching, mentoring and enriching our lives. Will pours everything he has into every class and every interaction with his students. There are very few professors who can impact a community or a campus the way Will Snyder does. Will’s passion for this program is infectious. I’ve seen it in every professor, every member of the Admissions and Student Services team and in every student in the program.

On that first day in Gallagher Hall, I walked away knowing there was something incredible in this community. Every day I’ve spent in Gallagher since then has confirmed that first impression. The MPAc community is filled to the brim with passionate, inspiring individuals. This community constantly inspires me to be a better person and do more. I feel lucky to be a part of it.