Momolu A. Cooper
Corps Grad ’00
Originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, Momolu Cooper graduated from The Citadel in 2000 with a degree in business administration. He is currently in the field of business consulting and legal compliance.
What are your top three career achievements to date?
In 2006, I was appointed central detective of the Charleston Police Department overseeing investigations into violent crimes against persons. In 2011, I was selected as a Charleston Regional Business Journal “Top Forty under 40.” And, lastly, in 2012, I earned the position of executive account manager at HudsonMann. I was directly responsible for major accounts and the support of multiple business units.
What are your top three personal achievements to date?
During the years of 2001-2003, I obtained the official title of COBRA (Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological) Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Hazmat Technician and later WMD Incident Commander at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In 2008, I obtained certification as a professional in human resources (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute and a Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) from the Society for Human Resources Management. Most recently, in 2011, I was the recipient of the South Carolina Palmetto Patriot Award. This award is given in recognition of outstanding public service and is the highest award that the Lieutenant Governor can bestow.
What are your top three bucket list goals?
To continue to help and encourage our youth to reach their full potential, to develop a not for profit organization geared at developing self-reliant skills for our youth, and to hit a hole-in-one on a Par 4.
How did attending The Citadel help position you for success?
As noted by T.S. Eliot, “Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things.”
I have always been a scrapper; no matter the task at hand, I could always figure it out. Attending The Citadel allowed me to put things in perspective and truly appreciate what I have and what I could accomplish. As a knob, I failed at many things simply because I limited my options when handling different situations because “that was the way things were done.” I created and enforced my own limitations. It was not until my sophomore and junior years that I realized my actions reflected who I am. As a result of my willingness to participate and make mistakes at The Citadel, I have learned to position myself where I want to be. Today, I define success by “wanting no more than what I have” and because of this, I am successful.