“RMC afforded me a quality education and a space for personal growth,” says Dexter Hurt ’94, who majored in computer science. Hurt was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, served as a tutor, and was a four-year starter and two-year captain for the football team. The latter was an experience he’ll never forget.
“I had the opportunity to be part of the 100th anniversary game and the ODAC championship win over Hampden-Sydney College in 1993,” he says proudly. “It was an exciting time to be playing in The Game. After losing to H-SC the previous three years, that win was extra special.”
Role Models, Life Lessons
“My professors provided any assistance they possibly could,” says Hurt. “I attended a college-prep program under the advisement of Mary Jo Berger, associate dean of students at the time. She enhanced my interest in writing and literature. And Greg Waters and Joe Riccio were more than just football coaches; they inspired me and helped me develop leadership skills.” An art class taught by Professor Ray Berry surprised Hurt with its wide-ranging scope. “I learned more from that class about art, vision and life than I could have imagined,” he says.
Hurt worked for two years in technology at the Virginia State Library, and for 21 years as an IT project manager with Bell Techlogix. He is currently a senior IT project manager with Greater Richmond Transit Company, a position he finds challenging and rewarding. “It’s exciting to be part of a company that unveiled the most substantial shift in Richmond’s public transportation network in more than half a century with the Pulse bus rapid transit line,” he says.
“Take advantage of this time to become the most amazing version of yourself” is Hurt’s advice to new Yellow Jackets. “You’ll rarely have as many resources, peers and opportunities as you do right now.” A member of the Society of Alumni, he keeps up with college news via social media, and by attending Homecoming, football games, and cultural arts events. “I am excited about the changes taking place on campus,” he says. “The new sports complex is a great recruiting tool and an excellent facility for hosting events, and the new nursing major will help keep RMC competitive with other colleges.”
Hurt, his wife, Gwendolyn, and their three children live in Richmond. An avid outdoorsman, Hurt loves to camp, fish, and hike, and to date has visited 35 of Virginia’s 38 state parks. “My goal is to visit the remaining seven parks this year, and to start backpacking as a family,” he says. A board member of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for the Virginia State Parks—a position he has held since being appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2015—he says, “I love nature, and I encourage others to get outdoors!”