Glassford named first Tim Cook Leadership Scholar

Published: Jan 5, 2007 2:14:44 PM
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Mark Glassford, a junior in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been named the first Tim Cook Leadership Scholar. The scholarship was founded by Auburn ISE alumnus Tim Cook, chief operating officer of Apple Computer. The scholarship recognizes industrial and systems engineering students with significant academic achievements, strong evidence of non-academic university involvement and leadership, and strong evidence of community involvement and commitment. Glassford is originally from the Birmingham area.

"During my time at Auburn, I have gained many leadership qualities, including skills in planning, organization, and communication." Glassford says. "I have experienced and learned what it takes to be a leader in a real-world working environment."

Glassford is co-op student who just finished his first rotation with Tubular Products in Birmingham. On campus, he is involved with the Auburn University Impact program and works primarily with the East Alabama Food Bank, where his duties include separating and organizing foods and other goods, cleaning, and making food bundles for area families. He received the fall 2005 Outstanding Impact Member of the Semester Award.

"Academic success is merely the window leading into other areas, such as volunteering and community service," Glassford says. "I have seen that a student's time in college can be also used to enrich the lives of others. I know that these experiences and the experiences of those I am close to will continue to drive me to help others."