UPS East Region Vice-President of Sales Myron Williams, a 1983 Albany State graduate, urges alumni gathered in the HPER Gymnasium for ASU’s Homecoming convocation Thursday, to mentor, hire and donate to students, recent graduates and the university.
ALBANY — Albany State University Homecoming convocation speaker Myron Williams’ message to the gathered ASU alumni was short, sweet and to the point.
“When it comes to Albany State, mentor, hire and donate,” Williams, UPS East Region vice president of sales and 1983 ASU graduate, told the crowd Thursday at the HPER Gymnasium. “As Dr. Joseph Holley (ASU’s founder) once said, you don’t build a chimney from the top down; you build it from the ground up.”
Williams should know. After graduating from ASU with a degree in business management, Williams began working for UPS as a driver in 1984. He was promoted into management in 1987 and in 2008 moved into his current position where he oversees all aspects of UPS business development in 17 states.
“I urge you to remember the people who helped you get started after graduation and mentored you along the way,” Williams said. “Think about what it meant to you then, then think about what it means to you today. You can be a giant for an Albany State graduate.”
Williams stressed that today’s economic environment is a major factor in assisting fellow ASU alums.
“Because of the economy, all new graduates everywhere are facing an uphill battle today,” Williams said. “Always remember that Albany State is your foundation. You have to ask yourself, ‘How can I give back?’ Hire an Albany State graduate.”
Williams didn’t limit his encouragement to recent ASU grads; he added that current students are also in need of help.
“Success can be passed along from one generation to the next,” he said. “We have an obligation to train and protect these young folks who are in school today. It would be easy to dismiss these young people, but that would be wrong. Get involved in ‘active caring.’
“These young people are worth the effort.”
Williams urged the alumni to become engaged with ASU in every way possible.
“Get involved with Albany State. Get involved with tomorrow’s leaders,” Williams said. “Don’t forget that someone once took a chance on you; that someone took an interest in you. We owe our school a debt of gratitude.
“Don’t forget — mentor, hire and donate.”