Thursday, November 15, 2012
Dr. Jackie Epps, ‘69 has been reappointed to the South Carolina State University's Board of Trustees by Gov. Nikki Haley. His first appointment, in 2010 was given by then Gov. Mark Sanford.
"I'm very pleased to help the University in any way that I can," stated Epps. "This University provided me with a very solid foundation that allowed me to compete in corporate at a very high level. I feel compelled to come back and help out the University," he added.
Epps earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from SC State University and master’s and doctoral degrees in food science from Rutgers University. He has directed a number of multi-million dollar projects for General Foods and Kraft Foods, and has several domestic and international scientific patents to his name. In recent years, he has served SC State as vice president for institutional advancement and career center director.
Throughout his career, Epps has received numerous awards, including the Kraft Food Serve Five-Star Achievement Award – Outstanding Business Turnaround; Kraft Food Serve Five-Star Achievement Award – Business of the Year; Superior Achievement Award – Capri Sun Superior Market Performance; and Superior Achievement Award – Crystal Light Ready-To-Drink National Launch.
Epps also served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, after completing advanced ROTC training at SC State.