Legislative Feature: Representative Jeff Greer
EKU Alumnus: Representative Jeff Greer
By: Angela Zomaya
A career in government was the furthest thing from Jeff Greer’s mind when he applied to Eastern Kentucky University. He had planned to get a degree in business and work in sales, which he did for a while, establishing his own insurance business in 1990. Today, he is a Kentucky State Representative for the 27th District, which includes all of Meade County and parts of Bullitt and Hardin counties.
The Meade County native was the first person in his family to attend college, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from EKU in 1987. Greer chose EKU after sensing a “perfect fit” while on a campus visit.
“My education at Eastern thoroughly prepared me for my future,” Greer said. “So many of the things I learned at Eastern through the business program, I was able to apply.”
Greer says the caring faculty, warm community, and “pure beauty of the campus” sets EKU apart from other universities in the region.
“The people of [Richmond] did not treat you as a stranger. They welcomed you as one of their own. It’s a wonderful little town.”
Among the EKU faculty members who had a significant impact on Greer was Dr. Janna Vice, the current Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
“She cared about me. She took an interest in me,” Greer said. “She wanted me to do well and be successful and I will never forget that.”
Greer mentioned that he was in a difficult place when he met Dr. Vice and was considering dropping out of school, but she inspired him to keep going.
Greer says he owes much to the people who motivated him, and attributes his success in business and politics to his professors. “(They) taught me to dream and to chase it, and I did.”
After graduation, Greer got a job at a local bank in his hometown of Brandenburg. He worked there for three years before starting his own insurance company, Greer Insurance, in 1990.
“I wanted to be a successful businessman in my hometown, and so far that’s what I’ve gotten.”
Greer passed along some of the wisdom instilled in him as a student at Eastern: “My advice for current students would be don’t give up on your dreams, and that you get out of life what you put into it. If you work hard, if you aim high, if you dream a dream and chase it with all you’ve got, you have a great chance for success.”
Greer says he will always be loyal to his alma mater.
Published on March 11, 2016