Robert B. (Rob) Carter is Executive Vice President, FedEx Information Services and
Chief Information Officer of FedEx Corporation. He is a member of the six-person Executive
Committee, which plans and executes the corporation’s strategic business activities. Carter also serves as Co-President & Co-CEO of FedEx Services, the shared service entity responsible for Sales, Marketing, Information Technology and Customer Service.
Carter joined FedEx in 1993 and has more than 40 years of systems development and implementation experience. Carter is responsible for setting the technology direction of the FedEx applications, infrastructure and networks that provide around the clock and around the globe support for FedEx product offerings.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from the University of Florida and his MBA from the University of South Florida.
Carter has been awarded many industry accolades, including, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune Magazine’s Executive Dream Team, Forbes Magazine CIO Innovation Award, Information Week's Chief of the Year Award, and is a charter inductee of CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame.
Carter also serves on the Board of Directors of New York Life.
Doug Edwards is President of the Edwin M. Jones Oil Company of San Antonio. He was previously the CEO of Morgan Keegan and Company, a division of Regions Financial Corporation. Doug currently serves as senior advisor to Brown Brothers Harriman, a director of Microban International Corporation, a director of the SIFMA Foundation for Investor Education, and Chairman of the Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation. Doug is the past Chairman of the Teach for America Regional Board. Doug is a University of Memphis graduate and a previous member of its Board of Visitors. In 2008, he was awarded the University's Distinguished Alumni Award.
Marvin Ellison is Chief Executive Officer of Lowe’s. Before joining Lowe’s in May 2018, JCPenney in November 2014, he spent three years as Chairman and CEO of JCPenney, 12 years as an executive with the Home Depot and 15 years with Target Corporation. Marvin serves on the Board of Directors for the National Retail Federation and FedEx. He is actively involved in philanthropic efforts, including mentoring programs for at-risk youth. Marvin was named to Fortune's "World's Greatest Leaders in 2016" and the "2016 Corporate Executive of the Year" by Black Enterprise. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Memphis and an MBA degree from Emory University.
Cato Johnson has served as Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare since 1985. Active in public service for many years, Cato is former chair of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and has served the University of Memphis, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and Shelby County Schools in many capacities. Currently, he is chairman of the TennCare Medical Advisory Committee and a member of the State Board of Education and Leadership Tennessee - Class IV. Cato earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis).
David McKinney is Vice President of Human Resources and Public Affairs for AutoZone (NYSE: AZO). In his position, he is responsible for AutoZone’s organizational development, corporate communications, training and compliance, public and media relations, charitable giving, and government relations. David remains active in the civic and business communities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee, Texas and California Retailers Association. David is a member of Leadership Tennessee – Class IX. Additionally, he serves on the Tennessee Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments and Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission. He previously served on the University of Memphis School of Law Alumni Board. David earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis.
Dave North is President and CEO of Sedgwick, and has over 32 years in risk management services. Dave has served on the board of the Worker's Compensation Research Institute, is past chairman of the board of the Integrated Benefits Institute, and is a member of the Business Insurance Women to Watch Advisory Board. Dave is the director for The Institutes, the leading provider of professional education for the risk management and property-casualty insurance industry. Dave previously served on the University of Memphis Board of Visitors and concurrently serves on the Foundation Board and the UofM President's Innovation Board.
Carol Roberts is a retired Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for International Paper. Carol leads the global finance organization, including Internal Audit, Tax, Accounting, Trust Investments, Investor Relations, Treasury and Strategic Planning; and Information Technology. Carol joined IP after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale in 1981. She has held numerous positions in manufacturing, operations, human resources and general management. Carol serves on the Yale University Council, which advises the Yale president on key academic and administrative issues. Carol also serves on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Audit Committee for Alcoa.
Faculty and Student Representatives
Jeffrey (Jeff) G. Marchetta, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Memphis. He specializes in the design and analysis of fluid-thermal systems, and he has research interests in astronautics, energy efficiency and sustainability. He has been a recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Abe Zarem Award for Distinguished Research in Astronautics and the Educator Award in Astronautics. Jeff has served as the affiliate representative for the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium since 2003. He is the Director of the Tennessee 3-Star Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) satellite at the University of Memphis, a program sponsored by the Department of Energy. He served on the University of Memphis Faculty Senate Executive Committee for 5 years which included a one-year term as the 2020-2021 Faculty Senate President. Marchetta earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Memphis.
Marissa Jade Clark is a Tennessee native and a sophomore at the University of Memphis, enrolled in the Helen Hardin Honors College. She is majoring in biology with a minor in Spanish. She plans to attend medical school and serve historically disadvantaged communities. Marissa has made the Dean’s List each semester, and she is a recipient of the Provost Scholarship.
Marissa participates in activities sponsored by the Black Student Association, 901 Live and the American Medical Women’s Association. She regularly volunteers with Memphis Rox and Campus Cleanup efforts. Marissa also shadows physicians at Nephrology Associates in Columbia, TN.