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The Businessman Scholar

Andrew Nahill '17 is a future consultant who cares--and has been recognized for his leadership by USC

May 12, 2017
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The first thing you should know about Andrew Nahill is that there are three of him. Well, kind of.

“We’re all pretty different,” he says of his fraternal twin brothers Bobby and Anthony. The one at Annenberg (Bobby) wants to be an actor, while the brother at University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Anthony), studied sports management and will be working for major league soccer upon graduation.

Andrew? He’s all business, as well as a scholar with a natural inclination toward public service and leadership.

On Commencement Day he received another distinction: He became one of the very rare breed of Trojan undergraduates to receive the Order of the Laurel and the Palm for distinguished leadership, scholarship and service on and off campus.

Of his four years at Marshall, Nahill is most proud of his accomplishments with the Trojan Consulting Group. “It was an incredible opportunity to be asked to advise Teach for America on how to effectively revamp their recruitment process,” Nahill said. His team provided recommendations that were widely implemented by the national education nonprofit.

Nahill, who minored in sociology, has also made an impact as a volunteer with Jumpstart, where he worked with preschool kids in low-income communities to improve their language and literacy skills.

Team Up

A member of the Mortar Board honor society and Society 53, the governing board of the Student Alumni Society, Nahill is a Global Scholar, having traveled to Hungary, Taiwan and the Dominican Republic through various USC programs. He also served as President of the Trojan Business Alliance.

The most important thing he learned at Marshall, he said, is that teamwork is key. “Business is a team sport, and the success of an organization is largely driven by its employees and culture,” he said.

And as a triplet, Nahill knows from teamwork.  After he and brother Bobby walk in their respective ceremonies here at USC, they will hop on a red-eye back to Boston to meet their parents. “We’ll hopefully make it just in time to see our third brother graduate from Amherst,” he laughs.

After that, the whole family will enjoy vacation time together before Nahill starts his job as a consultant at Simon-Kucher & Partners in Boston and the others leave for their next chapters.

But for four years, USC felt like home.

“Coming from the tiny town of Cohasset, Los Angeles and USC felt like unfamiliar worlds at first, but the students and faculty at Marshall made me feel at home in no time,” he said. “I quickly found some of my closest friends and mentors at Marshall, who have profoundly impacted me as a Trojan.”