Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fall Convocation and Candlelighting held September 27

Fall Convocation and Candlelighting held September 27

Mrs. Cynthia G. Marshall, state president of AT&T speaks for convocation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --- Elizabeth City State University will hold its Fall Convocation and Candlelighting Service at 6:00 pm. on September 27. During the program, all class presidents will be installed during the ceremony.

Our speaker for the convocation is Mrs. Cynthia G. Marshall, state president of AT&T. Marshall is responsible for the company’s regulatory, legislative and community affairs activities in the state. She was previously Senior Vice President – Regulatory and Constituency Relations for AT&T California. Marshall has 28 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. She joined Pacific Bell in July 1981 as a Group Manager in Operator Services. She also held a variety of line management and staff positions in the following departments: Operations, Human Resources, Network Engineering and Planning, and Regulatory/External Affairs. She was named to her current position in January 2007.

Marshall is active in civic affairs. Nationally, she serves on the Board of Governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and is a Vice Chair of the National Utilities Diversity Council. She previously served as Vice-Chair of the California Utilities Diversity Council, a committee of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Within North Carolina, Marshall serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the North Carolina State Chamber, the Board of Trustees for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the CEO Advisory Council of the North Carolina Center for Non-Profits, and the Board of Trustees of Bennett College. She also serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of the Central Carolinas and The Foundation of the Carolinas.

Deeply committed to advocacy for children in need of adoption or in need of support in foster care situations, Marshall is a member of the Board of the North Carolina Children’s Home Society. In California, she served on the Board of Directors of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Contra Costa County and served as a trainer and spokesperson for the Contra Costa County Social Services Department’s Foster Care/Adoption program.

A strong believer in public education, Marshall serves on the General Assembly’s Committee on Dropout Prevention and on the North Carolina New Schools Project Board of Directors. She has led AT&T North Carolina in focusing its corporate citizenship activities on dropout prevention and in becoming the title sponsor of the North Carolina Teacher of the Year program, designed to encourage and support outstanding public educators.

In California, she was instrumental in launching the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, a uniquely successful $3 million program to provide support to Latino and African American engineering, math and science college students. She has been active with several faith-based youth programs—conducted a variety of workshops and seminars and taught a Sunday School class.

The fourth of six children, Marshall grew up in Richmond, California. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Marshall resides in Cary, N.C. and is married to Kenneth Marshall. They have two teen-agers, Anthony and Shirley. Marshall is a self-professed sports nut and soccer mom. Her favorite movie is "Brian’s Song." She has a passion for her work, enjoys being busy and loves working for AT&T.

Contact: Kesha Williams
Director of Media Relations
Office of University Relations & Marketing
Elizabeth City State University
Campus Box 778
1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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