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Marshall Hooks

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Marshall knew that he wanted a solid two-year academic foundation before attending a four-year university. After high school he earned a sports scholarship from another college, but at the last minute he gave it up and decided to attend Darton State College instead. He believes it was a great decision and the foundation to his future success.

“The educational guidance I attained from Darton professors helped shape my academic career and helped shape the person that I am today. I was always told that colleges will treat you as more of a number than as an individual, but with Darton that was not the case,” said Marshall.

After Darton State College, Marshall went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in political science and a Masters of Public Administration with honors from Georgia Southern University. Currently, he is the Director of the Blakely-Early County Chamber of Commerce. One piece of advice he gives students is to use their time and opportunities at Darton to their advantage.

“As a Darton student you have the opportunity to make a difference the moment you step on campus. Your educational path is yours to decide and that decision may or may not come easy to you. Take a variety of courses to see what interests you. Finally, as a student, do not be afraid to ask for help. There are various outlets you can utilize on campus to assist you with whatever academic help you may need”.

Marshall was the first person in his immediate family to graduate from college, and he supports the Darton Alumni Association as a way to give back to an institution that gave him a great start. He understands that as Darton grows, so does its reputation and ability to draw in more students from outside of Georgia and the United States. In turn, this makes for a stronger, well-rounded, multicultural institution that has the ability to further deepen the knowledge base of all students.

When Marshall isn’t working hard he enjoys traveling, fishing, playing tennis, and spending time with his friends and family.

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