SERVSIG is proud to announce Harrison Pugh as the new Treasurer of the SERVSIG board. Harrison is Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. We invited Harrison to introduce himself, so you get to know him better.

Hello worldwide service community, I am excited and very thankful that Sertan and Linda thought to invite me on to the SERVSIG board as Treasurer. For the many of you who I have yet to meet, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. I’m Harrison B. Pugh. I’m a husband, a father, and a service researcher spending my second year as Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. 

As my time in industry was mostly spent either on the frontlines of service organizations or managing frontline service employees, I naturally gravitated towards the service community where thankfully I’ve been welcomed with open arms. As such, I decided to get a Ph.D. from a school with strong roots in service research and, as such, ended up finding the perfect fit at my undergraduate alma mater, Florida State University. FSU provided me with everything I needed to succeed, including a great culture, excellent mentors, and even a very competitive stipend. That said, like many of the early-career academics I know, I have recent experience managing a tight cash flow. Thankfully, managing a solvent academic organization should be relatively easy!

Speaking of being thankful, for me it is more important than ever to remember to do so in 2021. Since March, life has been difficult for many around the world, and I know many of you have been dealing with difficult challenges. Our household has been trying to balance the needs of working from home with two full-time careers, and parenting from home with a full-time two-year-old. While we have indeed encountered struggles this year, I think it is important to remember just how lucky we are, and that it is more important than ever to continue to serve others because we have the means to do so. My family and I are still healthy, we still have great careers where we can work from home, and we are able to spend so much time together as a family. 

I don’t know what 2021 and beyond will be like, or when I’ll feel comfortable getting a haircut again. What I do know is that I’m thankful for my family, thankful to be able to serve others however as I can, and so very thankful to be on SERVSIG’s Board of Officers as Treasurer. I look forward to working with you in the years to come.