David is graduating in May 2019 with a Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting. His dream job is to be an auditor. He is very interested in the ever-changing world of finance and is passionate about actively interacting with customers.
David grew up in Rice, Virginia right outside of Farmville. He originally decided to attend Longwood because of his family. “My mother, aunt, and older brother all attended Longwood and told me about their experiences.” He further goes on to say, “I stayed at Longwood because I found organizations and opportunities that supported me and helped me develop as a leader.”
“I stayed at Longwood because I found organizations and opportunities that supported me and helped me develop as a leader.”David Gills '19 Tweet This
Aside from his dedication to his studies, David is highly involved on campus at Longwood. His involvements include Theta Chi Fraternity, Mortar Board, Longwood Ambassadors, Student Government Association, and is currently Senior Class President. David serves as an outstanding role model for many students and has not only focused on bettering his own life and involvement but has focused on improving those around him.
When asked who inspired David to further his studies in this field, he explained that Mr. Ken Copeland, the former vice president of finance at Longwood University, is who inspired him to fully get involved in accounting. “The first day of class he asked all of the accounting majors to raise their hands. He then told all of the other students to look around. He said that all of the students with their hand's raised will be in charge one day. On that day, I knew I wanted to be an accountant.”
Another professor that has strongly impacted David during his time here at Longwood is Mrs. Schwartz. David explains, “She gave us real-world examples and real-world case studies. She allowed us to participate in a volunteer tax preparation organization. We were able to get real-world life experiences.”
Consider connecting with David on LinkedIn and share your advice about job or internship opportunities that could be available to her after graduation.
Lauren Baust '19