My name is Daniel Byrd, and I made my way to Carroll College via family tradition. My parents met here in the early 80’s and all but one of my siblings have attended Carroll at one point or another. My dad (11 of 12) was proceeded by most of his eleven siblings and attended school with nine of his nieces and nephews and a younger brother. My mom was also proceeded at Carroll by five of her nine siblings and attended at the same time as her younger sister. All said and done I am roughly the 100th person in my extended family to have attended Carroll College, so it means a lot to me and my family!
I am a graduate of the Centennial Class of 2010. I completed a bachelor’s in Accounting from Carroll then graduated in 2011 from the U of M with a Master’s in Business Administration. After graduating from my master’s, I came back to Helena and worked for Anderson ZurMuehlen for seven years as an auditor and tax preparer. In that time at Anderson ZurMuehlen, I helped audit on both the Annual Financial Aid and the Annual Financial Statement audits of Carroll College. So when I had the opportunity to join the Business Office at Carroll College in January of 2017, I made the jump. After several months working in the business office on grants and budgeting, the Assistant Director of Facilities position opened up and I moved in-house to the Facilities Department to be Butch Biskupiak’s right hand. It has been a wild ride since moving to Facilities but it’s the best job I have ever had. I grew up doing maintenance and building homes with my immediate family so the work is familiar and something I really enjoy. All together, Butch and I oversee maintenance, custodial, grounds, event setup, and all new construction.
I have served on Staff Advisory Council now for two years and was selected the chair of the group at the beginning of the last session. This has been an exciting opportunity as it gives me a chance to amplify the voice of the amazing staff members that keep this college moving forward on a daily basis. The work staff advisory does is vital to ensuring that the extremely hardworking people that kept me coming back to Carroll College as a student are well looked after and excited to come to work each day.