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GSU, CN Railroad announce partnership

CN Railroad recently presented Governors State University with $100000 gift.

CN Railroad recently presented Governors State University with a $100,000 gift.

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Updated: February 7, 2013 6:01AM



Governors State University recently received the first installment of a $100,000 gift from CN Railroad during a ceremony at the school.

CN’s gift will be used to equip a classroom for the university’s supply chain management MBA program, which is offered by the school’s College of Business and Public Administration.

Eight $2,500 fellowships for supply chain management students also will be funded through the gift. CN’s support of the university will be noted on a plaque in the classroom.

GSU president Elaine P. Maimon thanked CN Railroad and said she expects other corporations to forge similar partnerships by naming classrooms and supporting educational programs preparing students for today’s global economy.

“Corporations and universities are natural partners,” Maimon said. “We provide education for a 21st century workforce and also perform research that is extremely useful to modern industries.

“GSU is the only public university in a large area between Bloomington and the south side of Chicago, and this region is known as a national center for transportation and logistics. GSU helps CN and other companies by training employees who are ready for the challenges of the modern work environment.”

Jim Kvedaras, CN’s director of U.S. Government Affairs, said it was an “absolute pleasure” to assist GSU and its supply chain management program.

”We need strong people to work for us,” Kvedaras said. “It makes a great deal of sense to work with the university so that we’ll be able to hire qualified workers. We look upon this as an investment in our own future, and one that helps us develop future leaders in our industry.”

The railroad’s U.S. headquarters is located in Homewood.

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