Huntsman Post

USU graduates can compete with the best

By Jenna Jardine

A Federal Reserve Bank official who returned to visit USU this fall, said Huntsman students should thank their “lucky stars” to be students at Utah State University.

Rick Hornsby, a division head for Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, was recognized by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business with a Professional Achievement Award this fall and spoke about how his education at the Huntsman School of Business prepared him for his career.

Rick Hornsby, of the Federal Reserve Bank, speaks with students while visiting campus. – Photo by Steve Eaton

“Don’t let anybody tell you you’re not as equipped as any graduate from any institution in the country,” Mr. Hornsby said. “I was competitive with all students from every major business school in the country. So, thank your lucky starts you’re here. Enjoy it while you’re here. But get ready to get out there and do something.”

Mr. Hornsby earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the Huntsman School of Business in 1981 and went on to get an MBA in 1989.

“The thing that I think I gained the most out of the Huntsman School of Business was critical independent thinking capability,” he said.

Since 2006, he has been serving as the division head for Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s financial planning and control function within corporate strategy and corporate administration. He has worked in banking since 1982 and started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank in 1984.

Ken Snyder, executive dean and chief administrative officer for the Huntsman School, said that Mr. Hornsby has worked in a variety of capacities throughout his career at the Federal Reserve Bank. He has served as a bank examiner, an IT director, a vice president and a branch manager. It has proven “a career within a career,” as Mr. Hornsby put it.

“He’s had a number of different interesting experiences during his career,” Mr. Snyder said, “but, he’s shown the ability to adapt, change and excel through all of that.”

The Professional Achievement Award is “given in recognition of individuals who achieve extraordinary success in their careers and demonstrate uncommon leadership in their communities.”