September 5, 2016 – Among the many new faces on campus this year, one freshman in particular has been quick to make an impact on campus and a difference in the community. At the age of 18, Bailey Hufstetler was recently elected as Spring City Commissioner and in doing so, became the youngest public office holder in Tennessee history.
Hufstetler, a Politics and Government major and Class of 2016 Rhea County High School graduate, took office on September 1 – just 10 days after attending his first college class. Some of his daily responsibilities include: signing checks, approving budgets, and responding to citizen complaints.
“What really convinced me to run for this office was that I wanted to show young people that we can make a difference,” Hufstetler said. “One of my goals is to get more young people involved in local government and voting. It was tough running at such a young age, however once the community saw what I stood for, they became confident in having a young person involved.”
When not in class, you can often find Bailey working in the Admissions Office as the Campus Visit Coordinator Assistant, a job he started over the summer. He also volunteers at the Tennessee Valley Theatre and the non-profit corporation Angels and Heroes — a child abuse prevention organization he founded while still in high school.
“Bailey represents a generation of young Americans who can choose to make a difference,” said Joshua Hood, Director of Admissions. “Serving in public office is a great way to enact positive change in one’s community, and I’m proud of Bailey for pursuing this position at such a young age. Bailey has already proven himself to be an invaluable asset to our team. I’m excited to see all the opportunities God brings his way as a student at Bryan College.”
When asked how he manages juggling his wide array of responsibilities, Hufstetler replied, “with a lot of praying and a lot of organization.”
After graduating from Bryan, Hufstetler has his sights set on going to law school and pursuing a career as an attorney. He also hopes to continue his career in politics and run for other public offices along the way.
“I think that Bryan College will help me achieve my goals by preparing me not only academically, but also spiritually,” Hufstetler said. “By helping me develop a more in-tune relationship with God, I can use that to help guide me with decisions I make as I sit on the governing body of the city.”
Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator