University News
For Immediate Release: 
Oct 02 2008

CONTACT: Anita Moody, Director, Public Relations/Marketing
1-304-384-5288, news@concord.edu
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CSX Chairman to Speak at Fund for Concord Dinner in Charleston, Thursday, October 23

Athens, W.Va. – Mr. Michael J. Ward, chairman, president and CEO of CSX Corporation since 2003, will be speaking at the Fund for Concord dinner at Embassy Suites in Charleston, Thursday, October 23. The reception is scheduled for 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

Prior to 2003, Ward served within the CSX and Chessie system in a wide variety of capacities including president, vice president and director where he specialized in transportation, coal marketing and finance.

Mr. Ward has served on the board of directors for AAR (Association of American Railroads); Ashland, Inc.; CEED (Center for Energy and Economic Develop); CSX Corporation; and Take Stock in Children.

He is a member of Beta Gama Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi, the Florida Council of 100 and the Kentucky Coal Council.

Mr. Ward was born in Baltimore, Md.; he received his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

CSX Corporation is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mr. David Kirby, chair for the dinner planning committee, stated that: “The Foundation is grateful that Mr. Ward has scheduled the time to spend the evening with us on the 23rd. The Charleston dinner has a history of hosting CEOs of large corporations and we are very pleased that Michael Ward will be joining that esteemed group of speakers.”

Concord University President, Dr. Gregory F. Aloia, stated that, “We appreciate the assistance of Congressman Nick Rahall, who serves as chair of the House Transportation Committee, in arranging for Mr. Ward to speak at Concord’s dinner. Mr. Ward will be talking about trends in transportation, and we are eager to hear his comments about this important issue.”

The following levels of sponsorship, accommodating a table of up to 10 people, are available: platinum, $10,000; diamond, $5,000; gold, $2,500; and silver, $1,250. Individual seating is available at $125 per person. All platinum, diamond, gold and silver sponsors will be listed in the program.

For more information about the Fund for Concord dinner, contact Ms. Loretta Young at 1-304-384-5257 or foundation@concord.edu, or Mr. David Kirby at 1-304-357-6508 or dkirby@scottstringfellow.com.

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PHOTO: Mr. Michael Ward

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