UMO Tillman School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series a Huge Success

UMO Tillman School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series a Huge Success

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) Tillman School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series hosted Jerome “Jerry” C. Glenn, CEO of the Millennium Project, on Thursday, March 3, at 11 AM. Glenn discussed the global challenges to the future of humanity with a standing room only crowd in Southern Bank Auditorium.

Since 1996, Glenn has served as CEO of The Millennium Project, an organization that studies and evaluates how various global challenges will affect the future of humanity. He advises leaders of governments and corporations on the use of future assessment methods to form long range policy for socio-economics and defense. He is recognized as co-author, with Ted Gordon and Elizabeth Florescu of the annual State of the Future reports, editor of Futures Research Methodology 3.0, and designer of the Global Futures Intelligence System.  He has published over 100 papers and two books.

Also during the day, Robert L. Tillman former CEO of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., talked with students from the school of business named in his honor.  Tillman, and his wife, Sandy, both attended Mount Olive College and are strong supporters and friends of the University.

Tillman joined Lowe’s Companies as an entry level employee in 1962.  He worked his way up through the ranks to manager of one of the chain’s most successful outlets in Wilmington, North Carolina.  He then joined the ranks of corporate management in the 1980s, serving as senior vice president of merchandising and marketing, executive vice president of merchandising, and executive vice president and chief operating officer.  In 1994 he was named to the company’s board of directors.  He became president and chief executive officer in 1996 and was named chairman in1998.

The Tillman School of Business Distinguished Speaker Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the University. By offering engaging opportunities that are unique and unavailable elsewhere, the goal of the Tillman School is to provide timely insight, provoke thought, and stimulate conversation about some of our times’ most compelling regional, national, and global events.

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