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Release Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 1:48 PM
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Chrysler Partners with Howard University Supply Chain Program

WASHINGTON (June 27, 2014) – The Howard University Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management has partnered with Chrysler Group and Arizona State University (ASU) to launch the Supply Chain Management Leadership Exchange & Internship Program (LEIP) for the 2014-2015 school year.

LEIP’s inaugural efforts will allow four students -- two from Howard and two from ASU -- to collaborate on a project during a summer internship in Chrysler’s chain supply management division. The participating Howard University students are Maya McWhorter and Shavaunna Hodges. Both have already begun their summer internships with Chrysler.

In the fall, the students will continue working on their projects from opposite home institutions, with McWhorter and Hodges studying at ASU while the ASU students are heading to Howard for a semester. Chrysler is providing scholarships to cover the students' costs and living expenses during the exchange.

“Supply chain has emerged as a key strategic discipline in the last few years because of what we’ve been through,” said Eric Williams, associate director of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management at Howard University School of Business. “The companies that do a really good job of partnering with a small number of universities and going deep with them are doing better at attracting talent.”


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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