Take chances. Join the band. Start a club. Raise your hand in class. That’s how Dr. William Simmons ’98 approached his years at Savannah State: with an adventurous spirit and rocket-like energy that propelled him into experiences he never thought possible.
The moment Simmons stepped out of Beaufort, SC, and into Savannah, he knew he was home—that this was where he’d leave his mark. He found inspiration in the student government president, who’d been the first person the freshman political science major met.
“I wanted to be a leader like him. He was so nice and well dressed. He had an impact on me.”
Then he met Dr. Joyce McLemore: “She told me I was going to be something some day and if I just stayed focused, I’d do very well. I still hang on to those words from her.” He fulfilled his promise to himself—to be a leader—many times over.