Alumni Spotlight

Dave Compton, '03, '13MBA

By: Michelle Goff
January 15, 2016

When it came time for Dave Compton to choose a college, he didn’t even consider leaving his native Pikeville.

“I had no interest in leaving the area. My family was here and I was also active in the church,” Compton recalls. “Pikeville College (now the University of Pikeville) was local and had a good business program. That caught my interest.”

As a student at UPIKE, Compton majored in business, participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Blessed Unity of God, and served as president of the Baptist Campus Ministries. He also played percussion in the college’s band.

“I had some good experiences,” he says. “I got to travel and, in 2001, the basketball team made it to the NAIA Final Four in Tulsa, Okla., so I got to go there and play with the band.”

Compton graduated in 2003 and soon thereafter started working at Community Trust Bank as a teller. He credits his business education at UPIKE with playing a positive role in helping him secure employment.

“Getting a business degree was very helpful in getting a job at the bank and advancing my career,” he says.

Indeed, Compton, who has been with Community Trust for 11 years, moved from teller to new accounts before becoming branch manager at the bank’s Walmart location. For the past two years, he’s served as dual branch manager at that locale as well as at the Town Mountain branch. Soon, he’ll transition into a position in the bank’s internal auditing department.

In 2011, he returned to UPIKE to complete his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

“I had done some online MBA courses through Morehead State University,” he says. “I took a few classes, but it’s not what I was after. I wanted the classroom experience and the interaction with the professors and other students.”

Compton transferred to UPIKE and graduated in 2013 as part of the inaugural class of the university’s MBA program.

“(The classes were) much more computer oriented when I went back for my MBA. There was a difference being in the classroom technology-wise,” he says of the changes that had occurred in the classroom since his undergraduate days.
Compton also noticed changes outside the classroom.

“The growth was tremendous,” he says. “UPIKE is one of the centers of growth in the area and is helping to offset the losses of the coal jobs. I’m pleased that UPIKE has grown so much over the years. It’s one of the area’s bright spots.”

Compton, the son of Patrina and the late Bill Compton, lives in Pikeville with his wife, Erin (’02), and sons, Will and Blaine. He’s active in the Immanuel Baptist Church, serving as deacon, assistant Sunday school teacher, and bus driver.
Drawing from his own experiences, he offers advice to the next generation of college students.

“I encourage everyone to be involved and to make sure they work hard and stay focused,” he says. “A lot of new college graduates have unrealistic expectations. They expect to find their dream job immediately. Everybody has to start somewhere. If you work hard, you’ll work your way up.

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