Faculty Feature: Jeffrey Eicher of finance department

When walking into 338 Still Hall, students will find pictures upon pictures hanging on the wall, giving the office a homey feeling.

Dr. Jeffery Eicher of the Department of Finance has been part of the Clarion University community not only as a professor, but as a student, for years.

Eicher attended the university when it was still Clarion State College for his undergraduate degree. He continued on to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law for his graduate degree.

Eicher has been a member of the Clarion teaching community for 32 years. The Greensburg native started his teaching career early. When attending Clarion for his undergrad, Eicher assisted the freshman intro to accounting classes, as a student assistant in the accounting lab, which was located in the bottom of Founders Hall at the time.

“I found that I liked working with the underclassmen and trying to help them learn the material,” he said.

With roots already invested into the university as a student, he wasn’t hesitant to accept the job in teaching students.

“The students are my favorite part of the job,” Eicher said. “I like being able to interact with students and making a difference in the lives of people who really care about what they are trying to do.”

Eicher said it was a rewarding job.

“The rest of it is just kind of the stuff that surrounds the job. Interacting with the students is what it is all about,” he said.

He said he likes the small state school aspect of Clarion, because it’s a better environment for interacting with students. He said he has gotten attached to it because he’s been here such a long time, and he completed his undergraduate degree here. 

“Don’t Let Me Fall” by B.o.B would be the theme song to his life, Eicher said. He said he latched onto it when his son sent him a “snippet” when he was a freshman in college.

As far as personal hobbies, Eicher said biking is his biggest passion, recently. Eicher said he also enjoys making beer. He says that home brew is pretty common. The most recent beer he made was Red Ale. He also used to make these with his sons recently as well as when they were little. Eicher said there was a home brew shop on Main Street in Clarion called Slagle’s Homebrew Shop. He and his sons used to make root beer as well. A father of two tends to keep busy with his children, he said.

A picture he had captured and framed on his office wall was from his bike ride across Italy in 2011. His two sons in front of Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland was another picture on his wall. They like to ski as well.

“We like to stay very active,” he said.

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