by Gary Leftwich
Whenever Roy Richards Jr. talks about their fatherвЂ™s 1931 graduating class picture through the district that is fourth class, he views a lot more than smiling faces and educational regalia. He views hopeвЂ”hope that stays as strong today in the University of western Georgia because it had been if the digital camera shutter snapped on that picture.
Roy Richards Jr.
вЂњThey had been farm guys and farm girls,вЂќ RichardsвЂ”chairman of Southwire business , established by their dad, told a audience collected recently to commemorate the 50th anniversary of UWGвЂ™s company college plus the twentieth anniversary for the naming associated with Richards university of company .
вЂњThis organization had the capability to alter their everyday lives,вЂќ he added, attributing a lot of that capacity to Irvine S. Ingram, the schoolвЂ™s principal during the time. вЂњHe can find in individuals the capacity to go on to the following stations of the lives.вЂќ
Eighty-six years later on, that continues to be the priority that is top of Richards university.
вЂњWe are in the industry of changing life through training engagement and experiences,вЂќ stated Dr. Faye McIntyre, dean for the university. вЂњWe are dedicated to training the business enterprise leaders of the next day, if they remain here in Georgia or go to other areas around the globe.вЂќ
Growing up within the hamlet that is small of, of a dozen kilometers through the UWG campus, Roy Richards Sr. matured through the tough life associated with rural Southern throughout the Great Depression. Not really inside the teenagers, he began their first work cotton that is picking 10 cents on a daily basis, getting compensated every fourteen days.
Their paycheck that is first of5 funded the removal of a enamel that began aching right before payday.
Dr. Faye McIntyre
вЂњDad stated, вЂWe had been poor. But, everybody else around us all ended up being bad, therefore we didnвЂ™t understand we had been bad,вЂќ Richards Jr. recalled.
The son of an entrepreneur that isвЂњhighly motivatedвЂќ the elder Richards went their fatherвЂ™s saw mill, churning out lumber at age 10. At 14, he quit college to operate the company full-time, managing worker issues, payroll therefore the millвЂ™s basic procedure.
One early morning, a person stopped during the mill, asking Richards Sr. where his daddy ended up being. The answer ended up being, вЂњI donвЂ™t understand.вЂќ The man asked again where his father was after waiting for most of the workday.
вЂњIt ended up being he knew he had been performing a manвЂ™s work,вЂќ Richards Jr. said of their dad. вЂњThat helped him recognize just exactly what he could do.вЂќ
After that, Richards Sr. went to Berry university after which to your Fourth District A&M class. IngramвЂ™s support directed their way to Georgia Tech, where he obtained a diploma in engineering.
Time for Carroll County, Richards Sr. began Southwire on an awesome march early morning in 1950 by having a dozen workers and three second-hand wire-making machines. Today, the business, nevertheless headquartered in Carrollton, employs some 7,500 individuals global and it is North AmericaвЂ™s biggest cable and cable producer as well as the 3rd biggest on earth.
вЂњI spent my youth within the shadow for this institution,вЂќ Richards Jr. stated. вЂњThis organization has filled our community with hope and possibility. The University of western Georgia is really a beacon of light, not only for greater learning, however for what exactly is feasible in well being, education and opportunity.вЂќ
Dr. Kyle Marrero
Together, Southwire in addition to Richards university of company developed the Southwire Sustainable company Honors Program , makes it possible for pupils to make both bachelorвЂ™s and masterвЂ™s levels, along side a certification in sustainable company, in four years. Pupils work alongside business professionals on sustainability programs and developing company plans, that they provide to top leadership.
Richards said Southwire employs 90 pupil employees from UWG. About 325 employeesвЂ”10 per cent associated with the companyвЂ™s neighborhood baseвЂ”are UWG alums.
вЂњOur business wouldn’t normally have prospered without this organization and we also could maybe perhaps maybe not continue steadily to prosper with no partnership we share,вЂќ Richards Jr. stated.
Year founded in 1967 and led by Dr. Mark Miller, the Division of Business and Economic Studies conferred 64 degrees in its first. The MBA that is first was in 1971 therefore the unit became the western Georgia university class of company 2 yrs later on. The school was named in honor of Roy Richards Sr. in 1997 with support from the Richards family.
Just last year, the school conferred 545 levels, pushing its total to 15,123. Three quarters of teachers hold doctoral levels and all sorts of of the are active in research. That research has been cited by other people a lot more than 17,000 times.
Seeking to the long run, McIntyre and UWG President Kyle Marrero shared plans for the brand new building to house the faculty. The task continues to be when you look at the fundraising and design phases.
вЂњThis should be a house that brings all of us together,вЂќ McIntyre stated. вЂњWe have been around in two split structures for 14 years now and then we searching for ahead to presenting everybody else beneath the exact exact same roof.вЂќ
вЂњThis building could be the peak of continuing our legacy in to the future,вЂќ Marrero stated. вЂњSomewhere around 2020ish, I will be in a position to have pupils enter those halls and carry on our legacy. I will be excited to construct together to discover where we are able to just just simply simply take ourselves later on.вЂќ