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Alumnus Achieves Success on Capitol Hill

Alumnus Stephen Worley is working on Capitol Hill as the deputy communications director of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Alumnus Stephen Worley (BA international studies and Spanish ’11) is working on Capitol Hill as the deputy communications director of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

An education from the University of Mississippi can lead to success anywhere, and UM graduate Stephen Worley is a perfect example.

Worley is deputy communications director for the Senate Appropriations Committee, a committee chaired by another UM alumnus, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, in Washington, D.C.

The Jackson native works daily to provide the external communications of the committee’s operations. This is no easy task, as the committee handles all the financial expenditures from the federal treasury.

But Worley has been preparing for this career since he arrived at UM. He was a member of both the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Croft Institute for International Studies. During his time at UM, he was involved in the Associated Student Body, interned on Capitol Hill as a student for U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, and was inducted into the 2010–11 UM Hall of Fame.

“I had a lot of great experiences with students and professors that taught me more than just textbooks ever could,” Worley said. “My education at Ole Miss taught me to think critically and apply thoughtful reasoning to a wide range of problems.”

He graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in both international studies and Spanish, which led to careers in government relations and directing communications for a Texas congressman.

Earlier this year, he moved up to Capitol Hill for this phase of his career, which he reached thanks to the education he received at UM.

JULY 21, 2015 | BY CHRISTINA STEUBE