Leading the way for UNG at the Georgia capitol

Ben Jarrard was named UNG’s director of state government relations in August 2017. The job appealed to the 2013 UNG graduate, who previously worked as a special assistant for Gov. Nathan Deal.
I look to continue to build upon UNG as the Military College of Georgia and as one of the leaders of higher education in the state.
Ben Jarrard ’13

Ben Jarrard always dreamed of following his father and grandfather into the military. As it turned out, his mother’s suggestion led him down a different path and to a job with UNG.“My grandfather and my dad were officers,” Jarrard said. “I wanted to be an officer in the Army.”

However, his Army career was not to be. In his sophomore year, Jarrard learned a medical condition would keep him from serving his country. So, he switched gears, enrolling in UNG’s Summer Language Institute and studying in Beijing, China, for four months.

“My mother emailed me while I was in China and told me the governor’s internship program was accepting applications. She said ‘You should apply,’” Jarrard said.He followed his mother’s advice, and that single decision put Jarrard on a path to government service and later a job at UNG. Jarrard became the director of state government relations in August 2017.

“I’m very lucky and feel humbled to have this position and represent the University of North Georgia,” he said. “I feel like this is a perfect position for what my strengths are. I hope to continue the recent trend that UNG President Bonita Jacobs and her senior leadership have done since consolidation. I look to continue to build upon UNG as the Military College of Georgia, and as one of the leaders of higher education in the state and Southeast.”

Jarrard comes from a family of UNG alumni including his mother, father, brother, grandparents, three uncles, and an aunt.