From a liberal arts launch pad, Robert Dozier Jr.’s career has taken off

When Robert Dozier Jr.’s political science professor urged his students to become actively engaged in the political process, the 19-year-old USC junior took the advice to heart and jumped headlong into a local school board race.

It never occurred to him that he might be a little unseasoned. In fact, Robert felt quite the opposite: “Who knows better about the effectiveness of education in a school district than a student who recently graduated?” The voters agreed, and in 1988, he began a four-year term. Robert remembers it as one of his most cherished learning experiences.

Upon graduation, Robert intended to go to law school. But because his dad was deployed in Operation Desert Storm, he decided to help out at this father’s appraisal firm.  The position led to a job in the mortgage industry, which ultimately led to banking. Today, he is the executive vice president and chief business officer at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, with 335 employees and assets of $121 billion.

Although a path from political science to banking might seem unusual to some, Dozier says his journey was actually quite straight-forward. He credits his Carolina liberal arts education with giving him “the opportunity to look at the world from 5,000 feet up.”

“You see things differently and you have a wider view when you have the broad base of knowledge that a liberal arts education provides,” he says.

Robert credits Carolina with building his ability to think analytically, synthesize ideas and, perhaps most important, communicate effectively. He cites his family as an important part of his success and believes an accomplished career is measured in interesting and relevant work.

“I find great satisfaction when my career goals intersect with bettering the community I live in,” he says. “I like bringing people, businesses and communities together for mutual benefit.”

When in Columbia, Robert enjoys a reflective walk along the brick paths found on USC’s historic Horseshoe. “I feel the weight of the world drop off my shoulders,” he says. “The Horseshoe always feels like home.”

Whether he is here in his role as a member of the My Carolina Alumni Association Board of Governors or to see his son Rob, a freshman at Carolina, it is always a pleasure to welcome Robert home.