A Dedicated Moc and Active Alumnus

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Roderick Barton embodies the spirit of a lifelong Moc. A 2001 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business, Roderick's success extends beyond his career – he remains deeply connected to the UTC community.

“As a first-generation college student from Memphis, Tenn.,” Roderick says, “arriving at UTC in 1995 felt like finding a home away from home.” He fondly remembers the early days, navigating campus life and forging friendships in his dorm, Stadium Hall. “The sense of community, especially among students who looked like me, really helped ease the anxiety of being away from home.”

Those early experiences fueled a love for UTC that continues today. Roderick reminisces, “UTC football games were a highlight, especially the annual Football Classic. It was a unique opportunity to connect with fans from the opposing HBCU and showcase our experience as Black students on campus.”

After graduating, Roderick went on to earn his MBA and build a successful career. He has held leadership roles in various companies, but his dedication extends beyond the boardroom. “Giving back is important to me,” he says. “I serve on boards for organizations like the National Black MBA Association and Big Brother Big Sister, and I’m especially proud of my time as President of the UTC Atlanta Alumni Chapter.”

Picture of Roderick and other Alumni in Atlanta

Currently, Roderick is a Project Manager at CADC, LLC, where he manages the State of Michigan Voter’s Engagement and Initiative Project. But his true passion lies in inspiring the next generation. “I want to encourage young people to tap into their excellence and passions,” he shares.

This passion translates into his efforts to attract students from his area to UTC. “UTC offers a strong sense of community, vibrant Greek life, and excellent dorms,” Roderick explains. “It’s a great option for students, especially those close to Atlanta who want a bit of independence but still be close to home.”

As one of UTC’s most active regional alumni, Roderick finds joy in connecting with fellow Mocs. He credits Dr. Yancy Freeman’s personal touch for bringing him to UTC. “Dr. Freeman’s encouragement made a big difference,” Roderick says. “He truly showed me that UTC cared about my success, and that’s something I value in a school.”

Recalling the 2023 Alumni visit to Atlanta, Roderick highlights the Braves game at the new stadium and the pre-game function. “Those special touches make the alumni experience even more memorable,” he says.

Roderick at Braves Game with Alumni

Roderick encourages other regional alumni to stay active. “These connections can be invaluable, both personally and professionally,” he explains. “There’s a unique bond you share with fellow Mocs who understand the quality education we received at UTC.”

A true UTC ambassador, Roderick proudly displays his Moc spirit wherever he goes. If you see him around, be sure to say hello!

2024 Atlanta Braves Game

Join Roderick and fellow Mocs at this year’s Atlanta Braves game! It’s a perfect opportunity to catch up, make new connections, and cheer on the Braves!

Only a set number of tickets are available, so reserve yours now!

Saturday, June 15, 2:10 p.m.
Truist Park

Join us for an exclusive VIP experience at Truist Park! We have reserved tickets just for UTC alumni and their family and friends in the Hank Aaron Terrace.