Alum contributes $150,000 to capital campaign
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (July 19, 2013) — Alumna and Illinois businesswoman, Jacquelyn Clark-Muhammad, has given the university’s capital campaign a significant boost. The 1995 graduate has pledged a gift of $150,000 to the “Programmed For Excellence” capital campaign through the Jacquelyn Clark-Muhammad Family Trust.
“One of my lifetime goals is to give back $100,000 or more to Tuskegee University for all that Tuskegee has done to help me advance my life and my career. I want to bless others by giving back," Clark-Muhammad said.
Clark-Muhammad is the founder and CEO of Solutions Associates Consulting, Inc. She has a background in chemical engineering with 18-plus years of proven results in research and development, engineering and manufacturing functions at major U.S. corporations such as Procter & Gamble, General Mills and Kraft Foods. She serves as the vice president of technical services to ensure that the proper talent is selected for each project and that projects are executed using sound scientific methods and processes. Since 2006, the company has helped clients launch products to market up to 50 percent faster with a team of talented professionals. In addition to leading product commercialization, the team has identified more than $10 million in cost savings and implemented 25 percent of the projects identified.
Clark-Muhammad started her career at P&G and General Mills where she made significant manufacturing process improvements. She spent the bulk of her career at Kraft Foods were she became known for her ability to identify and lead the implementation of over $15 million in ingredient, processing and packaging savings.
While there, she received several honors and awards including Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, Leadership and Excellence Awards and won a peer nominated award for Organizational Excellence in Research & Development.
A native of Carver’s Ranches, Fla., Clark-Muhammad is grateful for the role Tuskegee played in helping her attain an education. On the day that Hurricane Andrew destroyed much of South Florida in August of 1992, she learned that she had no financial aid and did not know if she was going to be able to stay in school. She was sent by the financial aid department to speak with Nader Vahdat, the then head of the Chemical Engineering Department. Vahdat helped her get ARCO Chemical, Bristol Myers and Navy academic scholarships.
“These corporate gifts made all the difference for me and I made a commitment to give back as much as I can to Tuskegee and other programs that educate and inspire African-Americans and other minorities,” Clark-Muhammad said.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Tuskegee University and completed the Chicago Urban League Executive Management Program at Northwestern Kellogg School of Business in 2010.
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