Alumni Stories

For many alumni, JSU is the pathway to a great future and an important chapter in an inspiring life story. We are always excited to see where our alumni land and how they make a difference in the communities they call home. It is an honor to travel the United States in search of these diverse alumni who are carrying the Gamecock Spirit forward, and to share their stories here. We hope you will come back to this site often as we add more Alumni Stories to the JSU Story!

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Marc Angle

Marc Angle is the District Director over Texas and Louisiana for Regions Bank. Academics is what drew him to JSU. From a young age, he knew he wanted to be a banker. He was aware of the reputation of the finance program and quickly developed a relationship with Dean Fielding of the School of Business. According to Marc, JSU helped to shape him into the man he is today because he had tremendously gifted and talented professors who cared a lot about him and he didn't want to let them down. 

He advises students to work hard and take advantage of what JSU has to offer. Marc says JSU was a perfect fit for him and he believes it will always be the friendliest campus in the south.

Matt Morgan

Matt Morgan

Matt Morgan was a leader in numerous campus organizations while being a Division I Cross Country scholarship-athlete for our JSU Track & Field team. Matt began the JSU LGBT Alumni Chapter to bring visibility to students and resources to campus. Being open and resilient through his time at JSU enabled Matt to advance his confidence individually while building strong friendships with those who surrounded him. No matter the social circumstance, Matt always felt comfort in knowing JSU was the place he would find support.

Eric Mackey

Graduating from Jacksonville State in December of 1992, Dr. Eric Mackey was hired as a high school Physics teacher in Calhoun County. For eight years, he held the position of Superintendent for Jacksonville City Schools. He eventually became an advocate on behalf of Alabama school systems, as the Executive Director of SSA (School Superintendents of Alabama) in 2011. As a Gamecock alum, Dr. Mackey has advocated strong leadership and proactive support through his position as State Superintendent of Education.

Laura Lundy Wheale

Gamecock alumna Laura Lundy Wheale ignited her path as a JSU student through athletics and drama. The full-time JSU scholarship student/athlete went on to graduate from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, but didn’t let her career choices diminish her passions. Laura has established herself as a producer and actress, playing a role in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, A Larger Life, and more. As her “attorney by day, actress by night” career continues, our Gamecock family is excited to stand by and support Laura’s fearless journey.

Riley Green

This Jacksonville, Ala. native is the embodiment of a small town success story. With family and musical roots that go deep into the same red clay that laid the foundation for the JSU campus, Green surprised few when he enrolled at JSU. His on-field confidence as quarterback for the JSU Gamecocks prepared him for a different kind of crowd: country music fans, who connect with his passion for singing and songwriting, and who recognize that he has the talent to match that passion. While this country musician’s star may be on the rise, we appreciate that “Stars Fell on Alabama” will always have a special place in his heart.

Ashley Martin

Courageous determination pushed Ashley Martin Cockrell to make history in becoming the first woman to score in an NCAA Division I American football game. She not only double majored in English and Psychology, but also played two collegiate sports at JSU, soccer and football. Her strength in leadership has broken barriers for female athletes. The life lessons she took from her collegiate experiences are now shared with young women she coaches and administrates through her role as coach and Dean of Students at Hillcrest Elementary.

Cheryl Orange

Perseverance and strength were important stepping stones along this Bessemer native's path from Gamecock student to FedEx Managing Director of Information Technology. Cheryl Orange's active membership in student organizations and completion of a dual degree helped lay the structural groundwork for her success in the business world. 

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