Alumni Spotlight: Charles Hachtel

Before attending Drury and graduating in 2004, Charles Hachtel never thought he would go to college. He and his single mother moved around frequently before he finally graduated from Nixa High School and entered the work force doing construction and bridge work. The idea of higher education seemed out of reach for Charles – the cost was just too high. His path would soon change, however, when his aunt, a Drury employee, encouraged him to apply at Drury and pursue some financial aid.

After being accepted into Drury’s day school program, Charles became a full time student while also working at Pizza Hut during evenings and weekends, and construction work in the summers to cover school costs and living expenses. It was in his Alpha class with Dr. Peter Meidlinger where he first realized that this professor cared about him, and that Drury was a university that truly wanted to lead him to success. Charles soon found his place at Drury as a Business and Economics major in the Breech School of Business. He remembers the benefits of his smaller class sizes and caring professors, "Being able to have access to my professors and ask them questions molded me into a better professional than I would be had I gone to another, larger school."

While at Drury, Charles interned for The Bank, and after graduation, he obtained a full time position as a Credit Analyst and later as a Loan Officer. In 2009, he transferred to Oak Star Bank and is now Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending. Charles enjoys giving back to Drury: "I give to Drury because I am grateful that someone gave when I needed it. Without the Drury Fund, I would not have had the opportunity to go to college and have the career I have today." He credits Drury to broadening his perspective beyond Springfield, Missouri and teaching him that his actions can have a global impact. In 2004, he took his first mission trip to Brazil, and this summer marked his thirteenth trip!

Charles will soon graduate from the Graduate School of Banking through University of Colorado at Boulder. In his free time, he enjoys water sports, CrossFit, and spending time with his wife, Alice, and his two sons, Lane and Gavin.