DID YOU KNOW?
• SPILLERS GREW UP IN BETHESDA,
MARYLAND TO AIR FORCE PARENTS.
THEY MOVED OFTEN AS A MILITARY
FAMILY, BUT WOULD ALWAYS VISIT
ALABAMA TO SEE FAMILY.
• HIS PARENTS EACH SERVED FOR 27
YEARS IN THE AIR FORCE BEFORE
RETIRING TO PELHAM, ALABAMA.
ELLIOT WAS IN THE EIGHTH GRADE AT
• ONE OF SILLERS' FAVORITE QUOTES IS
BY THOMAS EDISON—"MOST PEOPLE
WHO QUIT NEVER REALIZE HOW CLOSE
THEY WERE TO SUCCESS."
• HIS LITTLE BROTHER JEREMIAH
IS 15 AND PLANS TO RUN FOR
PRESIDENT OF HIS JUNIOR CLASS IN
HIGH SCHOOL. "HE'S GOT THE BUG.
HE'S THE ATHLETE IN THE FAMILY,"
• HE IS MAJORING IN BUSINESS
MANAGEMENT AND MINORING IN
• HE IS IN THE BLOUNT
• HE LIKES TO PHILOSOPHIZE.
• HE IS ABLE TO ATTEND UA THANKS
TO A GI SCHOLARSHIP.
overdrafted more than I’m willing to
share,” Spillers says with laughter.
“It’s not something I’m proud of, but
it’s something I’ve had to learn.”
“Culverhouse has really given
me a good platform for learning the
business side of our world,” Spillers
says. “Everything in this world can
be translated into business and
if you can’t learn the language of
business, then you are stifling how
far you can go in our society.”
Spillers says he has had some
amazing professors at Culverhouse
and two come quickly to mind.
“Dr. Zirlott is somebody who has
really impacted my life in a positive
way as an economics professor.
He has shown me and taught me
the values of economics and how
important it is.”
“Ms. McKinney has helped me
see the passion in what she does
and and seeing her passion for
students is amazing,” Spillers says.
“When I walked into Ms. McKinney’s
class the first day and she was
playing puff daddy, I was like, OK
this is going to be fun,” he adds
Spillers plans to take what he
has learned in the classroom and
apply it to his approach to leading
“Just seeing how Culverhouse
professors and administrators are
creative and inventive with how they
approach education is exactly how I
want to approach the student body,”
adds Spillers. “I want to be fun,
innovative, I don’t want to reinvent
the wheel, I want to try to enhance
it. I think by being a business major
this is something I’ve learned to
grow and appreciate.”
Spillers plans to take his LSAT
upon graduating and attend law
school. He also wants to stay in
government in some capacity,
maybe not running for office, but a
career where he can serve.
“By running for office and taking
what I’ve learned thru Highlands
and as a Christian--- my job is
solely to be a servant,” Spillers
says. “I’m a servant leader. I listen
and observe. I connect with people.”
“I look forward to facilitating that
conversation with media that our
University isn’t as divisive as you
think,” says Spillers. “Yes we have
our problems, but we are very much
progressive and that’s something
the nation doesn’t know about our
school. It’s a misunderstanding
that I really want to try to fix. We
are moving and progressing as a
state and I think UA students are
at the forefront of the progression.
I’m looking forward to continuing
to carry that torch that has been
"As leaders, it’s our job to
empower people to see differently,”
says Spillers. “and to leave
someplace better than when we
first got there. My goal coming here
was to spark change here. I really
want to make a difference here on