Alcorn alumnus promoted to regional vice president of Sodexo

The success of one of Alcorn State University’s former students has landed him a promotion in his field.

John White, who graduated from Alcorn in 1985, was recently promoted to regional vice president for Sodexo Education in the Midwest region of the United States of America. White will lead Sodexo partnerships in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. His duties include supervising 62 partnerships with a managed volume of $118 million. He will be instrumental in leading his team to focus on retention and growth, including supporting the development of integrated sales.

White has been with Sodexo for almost 30 years. His most recent role was district manager in the market where he was responsible for business in Michigan and Northern Indiana. In that role, White exceeded his sales and profit targets and maintained 100% client retention for the past five years. White earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and institution management from Alcorn State University. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.

White acknowledged how great of an accomplishment this is, considering that the promotion occurred during the 30th anniversary of his graduation from Alcorn.

“It is an awesome feeling, especially since it’s happening the same year I celebrate graduating from Alcorn 30 years ago,” said White. “It also provides evidence of constantly exceeding expectations and delivering great results.”

White is entering his new position with intentions of keeping his employees satisfied and producing talented team members.

“I plan to focus on growth and client retention. I also plan to focus on talent development and growth of integrated sales and provide creative solutions to the clients we serve.”

White left a valuable piece of advise for students who plans to pursue a career in management.

“Study hard and perform research on successful leaders and companies. Also, select a mentor and secure an internship. In every opportunity you take advantage of, perform well in it.”

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