Student diplomat welcomes open dialogue

Todd Holtzman ′08
Accounting and Politics double major
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Todd Holtzman ’08 is a natural leader both on-and-off camera—a skill he may find helpful someday if he continues with plans to run for public office.

As a student spokesperson assigned to media relations for the Compassion Forum (www.compassion_forum)—an internationally televised conversation among faith leaders and leading democratic presidential candidates (the republican candidate declined the invitation) hosted by Messiah College in April 2008—Todd expertly fielded media inquiries regarding Messiah’s role as a “small Christian college in rural Pennsylvania,” instead turning reporter’s attention to why the College was chosen as the host site for the unprecedented event.

“Allowing Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to share their views on faith issues demonstrates to the world that Messiah College welcomes open discussion,” said Todd.

“One of the reasons I came to Messiah is because of that open environment. I’ve learned how to accept gray areas, how to think analytically in politics, combined with straightforward accounting principles. It’s the best of both worlds and I’ve loved every minute of my time here.”

The Honors program student with a double major in accounting and politics carries a 21-credit load in addition to his roles as the director of Outreach Teams at Messiah, a member of the board of directors for Allison Hill Community Ministry in Harrisburg, and a politics student diplomat. Todd is also the recipient of the 2007-2008 Barnabas Servant Leadership award (, as well as the recipient of a Messiah College Presidential scholarship and a National Merit scholarship.

Today, Todd is busy preparing for life after Messiah College. He recently accepted an auditing position for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington D.C.—an independent agency that oversees oil, natural gas, electric and hydropower energy companies-“just two blocks from the Capital!” exclaims yet another enthusiastic Messiah College graduate.

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Posted on July 8th, 2008

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