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Ferrum College Announces New Executive in Residence Program

8/5/2009



 Ferrum College is pleased to announce a new initiative, the Executive in Residence program, to bring top business executives to the Ferrum campus. Each academic year, four distinguished and influential business leaders will be invited to share their “real-world” business expertise and interact with students and faculty. Each executive will deliver an afternoon and evening lecture in Franklin Hall’s Blue Ridge Mountain Room, where they will discuss their personal experiences and business philosophies. The executives will also offer insights on the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities necessary for a successful business career. Afternoon lectures will be open only to the Ferrum College community. The evening lectures will be open to both the College community and the general public. The schedule for Ferrum College’s Executive in Residence program for the 2009-2010 academic year is as follows:

Sept. 23rd 2009 E. Michael Mutchler – Mr. Mutchler retired from General Motors Corp. (GM) after more than four decades of service. He served as Vice President and Group Executive in charge of GM’s North American Operations Powertrain Group and as a member of both GM’s North American Strategy Board and the GM International Strategy Board.

Nov. 13th 2009 Baxter F. Phillips Jr. – Mr. Phillips is President of Massey Energy Company, a Fortune 1000 company included in the S&P 500. Prior to his 28 years of service at Massey Energy, Phillips’ background was in banking and investments. He has served as a financial consultant to the Smithsonian Institute, the National Symphony and numerous municipalities and corporations. Both Baxter Phillips and his wife, Sharon Lee Phillips, are ‘66 alumni.

Jan. 19th 2010 Frank M. Simms – Mr. Simms, Manager of Hydro Operations for AEP, is responsible for the operation of 17 AEP hydroelectric facilities in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. Simms also directs the process for the federal relicensing of AEP’s two largest hydro projects, Smith Mountain Lake and Claytor Lake. Simms has been with AEP for twenty six years.

March 30th 2010 Edward G. Murphy M.D – Dr. Murphy is President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, a diversified healthcare delivery organization which includes eight hospitals, 500 physicians and 11,000 employees. Carilion has current annual net operating revenue of $1.2 billion. A cum laude graduate of Harvard Medical School, Murphy serves on numerous civic and corporate boards including the Council on Virginia’s Future to which he was appointed by the Virginia State Senate in 2003.

More information about each lecture will be made public in the few weeks prior to each event. For more information concerning Ferrum College’s Executive in Residence program, contact the Corporate Relations Office at (540) 365-4218.

Ferrum College is a four-year, comprehensive, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. For more information on Ferrum, visit www.ferrum.edu.