A passion for higher education also paved the way for ongoing community involvement through student engagement.
Chase Loper is the Assistant Vice President of Business Services for Duquesne University.
1. Are you from Pittsburgh? Have you ever lived anywhere else? No, I’m not from Pittsburgh originally. I grew up in West Chester, PA but went to California University of PA and have been here ever since.
2. Why did you choose to make Southwest PA your home? Other than employment opportunities, my wife is the primary reason since she’s a Pittsburgh native.
3. Tell us a little about your family. My wife, Krista, and I started dating in college and have been married for six years. We live in Moon Township and have a beautiful daughter, Harper, who is 18 months.
4. How did you choose the career you’re in today? (a story from college maybe, or a high school internship you’ve had?) I was exposed to higher education when I worked in the admissions office during my undergrad at California University. Then, during graduate school, I worked as a graduate assistant with the alumni relations team. Those experiences affirmed my passion for higher education. From there, it was just a matter of finding the right role within an institution, which is where Duquesne University’s Minority Professional Development Program helped me discover what I do now.
5. What do you love most about your job? I love that every day is different and starts with a new set of challenges. This allows me to work cross-functionally with different people across campus.
6. What is something people might not know about you? I’m a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan!
7. What are some of your hobbies or favorite things to do outside of work? I simply enjoy being active, whether it’s basketball, golf, or tackling small projects around the house.
8. Why do you think it’s so important to give back to your community? I believe it’s important because that’s what we’re called to do – to help those in need to the best of our individual ability. And it’s not always about donating money. Sometimes donating your time and talents can be even more impactful.
9. Why do you volunteer with United Way? I volunteer with United Way because it’s a great way to give back and engage with the community, especially with our campus community. It’s fun coming up with creative ways for people to give back to agencies that are important to them.
10. What is your favorite United Way memory? I would say when we did our trivia bowl event, which brought out the competitive edge in everyone as it was Duquesne vs. Pitt. Despite Pitt winning the past two years, it has consistently brought out the competitiveness in everyone, making it one of our most popular events. We’ll get them next year!