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Andrew Hibel

Andrew Hibel

Co-founder, COO | HigherEdJobs | Class of 1994

It took Andrew Hibel four years to find what would became the UI place he misses most. 

"Although my U of I undergraduate years had many memorable venues, I was introduced to my favorite campus spot during my graduate school experience during 1993 and 1994," says the HigherEdJobs co-founder and COO.

"I was serving an internship as part of my studies and was blessed with the opportunity to work in the University of Illinois Foundation’s Office of Gift Planning in a newly rebuilt historic Harker Hall. The foundation had just undertaken a huge campaign to make the building its modern home. 

"Through several human resources special projects, I had a chance to work with many teams in the building.  People had a pride in the work they did and the place they did it. 

"In Harker Hall, I learned about charitable gift planning and how it can help donors and nonprofits make a difference in the lives of others. I also learned, through the incredible professional and administrative team members, how your co-workers can create an environment of collaboration, enthusiasm, professionalism and compassion. 

"I’ve spent my professional career trying to help others recreate that perfect mix of vocation and avocation that I was honored to be a part of in Harker Hall."