Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cox Communications Leader Speaks to HU Public Relations Students


Cox Communications Leader Speaks to HU Public Relations Students


Gary T. McCollum, senior vice president and general manager at Cox Communications, spoke to public relations students in Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications on March 3. The visit was to Professor Mavis Carr's public relations class.

McCollum offered the students career advice and his tips towards being successful:
G - growth means change
R - Respect
E - Engagement
A - Acknowledge reality
T - Teamwork (through mentorship and helping others)

He encouraged students to not be afraid to volunteer themselves for duties. "There's always a reward on the other side of raising your hand," he said.

A graduate of James Madison University with an MBA from the University of Connecticut, McCollum was the first in his family to attend college. He is currently a lifetime member of the NAACP and board member of the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and ACCESS College Foundation, among other community organizations.

-Alison L. Phillips

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