5 Questions with Eddy Acevedo ’05 - Subcommittee Staff Director, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U. S. House of Representatives
Eddy Acevedo often says, “he moved from one Hill to another” when he graduated from Spring Hill College and accepted a position on Capitol Hill in 2005. The Miami, Fla., native credits SHC’s Alumni and Development office for assisting him with securing his first job in the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Since then, Acevedo has worked his way up the political ladder and now serves as Ros-Lehtinen’s staff director for the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee and as her senior foreign policy advisor, overseeing all foreign affairs matters.
Acevedo, who graduated with a double major in psychology and political science, is the son of Spring Hill College alumnus Claudio Antonio Acevedo ’63, and came to campus to follow in his father’s footsteps. SHC also fulfilled Acevedo’s wish for an educational institution that allowed him to continue his Jesuit education within a small, close-knit student body community.
SHC: What sets Spring Hill apart from other colleges?
Eddy Acevedo: Spring Hill College stands out from other colleges because it offers a small student population and a family environment. At Spring Hill, you are not “just another student” because you have the opportunity to foster meaningful and lasting relationships with the faculty and staff. Our senior class shirts exhibited the closeness of the student body through its motto, “Spring Hill College: Where Everybody Knows Your Name.” This quote singlehandedly demonstrates what makes Spring Hill College truly special.
SHC: Favorite professors at Spring Hill College?
EA: My favorite professors were Dr. Nader Entessar and Dr. Bob MacAleese. It was always a pleasure to be in Dr. Entessar’s class because he cared about his students and ensured that we really understood the course material. Dr. MacAleese always had a good sense of humor and he made class interactive and relative by teaching us how to apply psychological methods to everyday life.
SHC: What is the most important thing that you learned at Spring Hill College?
EA: The Spring Hill College motto is, “Men and Women for Others.” The most important thing I learned at Spring Hill College was to always reach out and give back to my community. By encompassing the very values that it advocates, the Spring Hill College community gave me so much. In turn, I chose a profession that would allow me to contribute through public service.
SHC: What makes you proud to be an alumnus of Spring Hill College?
EA: I am proud to be an alumnus of Spring Hill College because it taught me the importance of community and public service. First, the College community embraced me with open arms. When I left Miami for my first semester at Spring Hill College, I was worried that I would not fit in well, but the students, faculty, and staff welcomed me with that “Southern hospitality.” Second, I learned the importance of service, both personally and professionally, and how doing so embodies the additional traditional values a Jesuit education offers.
SHC: Advice to Spring Hill College freshmen?
EA: Spring Hill College is a great environment to grow as an individual. My advice to new Spring Hill students would be to make sure to give back to your community, get involved, join clubs and extracurricular activities, and take advantage of the opportunities surrounding you, so that you too can make a difference once you leave Spring Hill College.
Acevedo also holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. He continues to stay in touch with friends from Spring Hill College, especially those who have moved to Washington, D.C. and also work on Capitol Hill. He and his wife, Lourdes, enjoy travelling to Latin America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean.
Acevedo is a member of the National Alumni Association Board at Spring Hill College.