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CSU Honors McDonalds Exec

citizen | 9/13/2011, 4:02 p.m.
On the evening of Sep. 15, The Chicago State University Foundation will pay homage to...
McDonalds' president and chief operating officer, Don Thompson will be honored by Chicago State University on Sep. 15.

On the evening of Sep. 15, The Chicago State University Foundation will pay homage to Don Thompson, McDonalds Corporation president and chief operating officer. Thompson will be recognized during the foundations 17th Annual Awards Gala at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The gala serves as a scholarship fundraiser for CSU students.

Thompson has worked diligently as an education advocate and CSU chose to honor him because of his long time support of education and mentorship.

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Don Thompson leads global strategy and operations for all 32,000 McDonalds restaurants in 117 countries.

As a business leader, Thompson serves on the board of directors for the McDonalds Corporation, the Exelon Corporation -- one of the nations largest electric utility companies and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He also serves on the board of trustees for Purdue University and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

Thompson is constantly recognized by many organizations for his leadership in business, the community and as a role model. For example, Black Enterprise named him Corporate Executive of the Year in 2007. In 2008, he received the Corporate Executive Award from the Trumpet Foundation.

Thompson received a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue. In 2008, he also received an honorary doctorate degree from Excelsior College in Albany, New York.

We are proud to continue this tradition that supports the hard work and efforts of our students and faculty, Dr. Wayne D. Watson, president of Chicago State University stated in a recent press release. Additionally, we are extremely excited to continue our efforts to highlight corporate, philanthropic and community leaders that support CSU programs and community-based initiatives. We could not be more delighted that Don Thompson is accepting the honor this year.

According to Thompson, supporting education is also a part of the corporations philosophy.

Support for education is in line with McDonalds core values, said Thompson. Our passion for taking action, achieving results and continuously improving our performance align with the goals Chicago State University has set for the institution and its students. I am pleased and proud to be a part of this event and to be a champion for CSU in the community.

Moreover, the gala focuses on the achievements of CSU students. Terisa Griffin, a noted Chicago vocalist will provide entertainment for the evening.

According to the release, the sponsors for this years gala include Ariel Capital, AT&T, ComEd, Hyatt Corporation, McDonalds Corporation and Seaway Bank. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the CSU Foundation website at www.csu.edu/foundation.

Thelma Sardin, press release