Sun04202014

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TSU alumna returns as Fortune 500 executive-on-loan

NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – Patricia Brewer Hairston has landed a "rare" opportunity to give back to her alma mater. The 1977 graduate of Tennessee State University, an executive at Corning Incorporated, a Fortune 500 company, will be working at TSU for one year as an "executive-on-loan" funded by Corning.

As the Corning executive-on-loan, Hairston will work closely with TSU leadership to advance the goals of the Supply Chain Management Program and other leadership initiatives at the institution.

"This is an opportunity that I cherish," Hairston said. "I always wanted to give back to Tennessee State University, and this is certainly a way to do so in a more meaningful way."

Hairston, director of Global Transportation and Trade Compliance at Corning, currently chairs the TSU Supply Chain Management Program Governing Board, a leadership group of nine leading Fortune 500 companies that collaborate and work with the University to review curriculum, lead research, and develop students for future leadership in supply chain management. She has been a member of the board since 2006.

TSU President, Dr. Portia Holmes Shields, called Corning "a forward-thinking company" for assigning Hairston to TSU where she can have a direct impact on the development of future supply chain management professionals. "We are thrilled to see her return to us so capable and a more strengthened graduate with a level of technical and executive expertise that can only be helpful to Tennessee State University," she said.

Hairston, who will also work with the president of TSU in an advisory capacity, has received high commendation from the Vice President of University Relations and Development, Dr. William Nelsen, with whom she has been working closely.

"TSU is very fortunate to have an executive of her caliber and qualification to be assigned to this institution," he said. "We look forward to her leadership on important projects that would advance this university."

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