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Paul Eveld

Paul Eveld Senior Project Manager
Wells Fargo

Paul is currently responsible for the SAP IT support of several global business areas. He is the lead of the Monsanto IT Coop program placing 80 coop students yearly. Paul has a broad background in application development and infrastructure management and has extensive experience working closely with business management. In prior roles at Monsanto, he has provided IT support for US Sales organization, Global Marketing, Manufacturing, and Finance.

Paul earned a BSBA in Business, with an emphasis in MIS, from the University of Missouri St. Louis in 1978. He continued his education in a Monsanto sponsored Components of Corporate Strategy curriculum at John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in 1993-1994.

 

We sat down with Paul and asked him some questions.
  • Why did you decide to come to UMSL?
           UMSL was the best value for me at that time.
  • Why did you pursue a career in information systems?
           I had a proficiency for programming at a time when opportunities in IT were growing rapidly.
  • What college classes did you find most useful to your career?
           FORTRAN and COBOL (those were programming languages popular in 1978).
  • If you were in college today, what courses would you take?
           I would take the analysis and design courses.
  • How did you continue your education after your first degree?
           I participated in many Monsanto sponsored education opportunities at Washington University and other industry provided training.
  • How did you find your first job?
           Through the UMSL Career Services office.
  • In what non-academic activities did you participate in college that you would recommend to others (and why)?
           I would take advantage of any mentoring programs and any other opportunities to meet business people and network with other students.
  • How would you change your career if you had it to do all over again?
           I always wanted to complete a law degree and use my IT background to work in an IT forensic capacity.
  • What advice would you give to someone just starting in the field?
           Establish your career goals and discuss with your management. Look for mentors to help you reach your goals.
  • Look into your crystal ball. What do you see changing in the IS field in the future?
           I believe the organizational lines between IT and the business will become less clear. All employees will be required to be more technical.
  • If you would like to ask Paul a question, you can email him at paul.g.eveld at monsanto.com.


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