Brett Hooton, BA’02, MA’05, moved from Kansas City to Montreal in the fall of 1999 to study at McGill – and he never left.
After receiving both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature at the University, he worked as a research assistant for some of its professors before landing a job in the communications department of Development and Alumni Relations in 2007.
“McGill has given me a lot over the years,” he says. “I met my wife during school, I completed my education here, and now I work for the University. It’s been a huge part of my life.”
While Hooton has had success writing for many of Montreal’s print publications – he served as Hour magazine’s theatre critic for three seasons – he now manages communications for McGill’s Office of Research and International Relations. With his small but dedicated team, he tries to raise the profile of McGill’s researchers, who generate close to half a billion dollars annually in sponsored research revenue.
Hooton has donated consistently to McGill since he began working here. A recipient of scholarships himself, he often designates his support to student aid, where even small contributions can mean a huge difference to students’ lives.
“I’ve always believed in the mission of higher education,” he says, “and giving to McGill is a great bang for my buck.”
Hooton encourages all of his McGill colleagues to embrace the Campus Community Campaign. “If everyone makes even a small donation, we can have a big collective impact on the University,” he says.