Southeastern graduate gives back

On Tues. Feb. 14, vice president and chief procurement officer for Chick-fil-A, Rob Dugas, visited Southeastern as a part of the university’s Real-World Ready initiative. Sponsored by Southeastern’s Office of Career Services, the program offers students internships, service learning courses, experimental, research and field experiences.

A 1986 Southeastern communication graduate, Dugas was recognized earlier this year at Southeastern’s Annual Alumni Awards Evening as “Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.”

He went on to study at Harvard Business school in 2011. After a 10 year stint as a director at Ruby Tuesday’s Dugas, came into his current position as vice president 13 years ago. Dugas shared his know-how during a lecture at the student union on campus.

Dugas talked about the importance of bringing value to a company, three of the most important traits being “competence, character and chemistry.” He also spoke about self-branding, honing strengths and accepting weaknesses.

Students also had a chance to learn about internship opportunities at Chick-fil-A’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta. The 10-week paid summer internship includes a housing stipend and hands-on learning experience in a corporate environment in the areas of finance, accounting, communication, business, IT, engineering, marketing and supply chain management.

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