Giving Back to the Community
By David Ogul
“This university understands there are students here from diverse backgrounds and recognizes that there are students who can benefit from additional support beyond classroom academics.”
He has worked as a human resources executive for some of the world’s leading corporations, including Monsanto, Arco and DreamWorks SKG. He’s the co-founder of two human resources consulting firms. And he’s taught at USC’s Marshall School of Business and lectured at the Andersen School of Business at UC Riverside.
Now Pierre Towns is bringing his wealth of knowledge to Cal State San Marcos as an Executive in Residence to help students in the College of Business Administration understand how to find success in the corporate world.
“Most universities don’t have something like this, which really benefits students like me who didn’t have a role model in the corporate world growing up and who may not have a good understanding of what it takes to succeed in a corporate environment,” Towns said of the Executive in Residence program. “This university understands there are students here from diverse backgrounds and recognizes that there are students who can benefit from additional support beyond the classroom academics.”
Towns, who grew up in Compton and Watts, is motivated by his belief in the importance of giving back to the community, a trait he honed as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Towns is especially active in working with organizations supporting former foster youth, including partner organizations of CSUSM’s ACE Scholars Services.
“Cal State San Marcos is having such an impact in the community because a lot of the school’s graduates remain here and are working in the region,” Towns said. “And that makes it even more rewarding to contribute in any way that I can.”
Eric Breier, Public Affairs Specialist
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