02/28/08: DelVal Executive-In-Residence - JM Herr

Feb 21, 2008

Delaware Valley College will host JM Herr, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Herr Foods Inc. on February 28. Herr Foods of Nottingham, PA, is a maker of snack foods, including potato chips, pretzels and corn chips.

Herr's visit is part of the Tom Watson Executive in Residence Program, which was established in 2005 to bring worldwide business leaders to Delaware Valley College. While on campus, Herr will visit with students in several business classes; he also plans to meet with the College's Students In Free Enterprise group.

Herr joined the family business as assistant to the president. After serving as vice president and then executive vice president, Herr was named president and chief operating officer in 1989. He was named to his current chief executive position in 2000 and chairman of the board in 2005.

Herr has served as board chairman of the Snack Food Association and on the board of the International Bible Society. He currently serves as chair of the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley and on the boards of Fulton Bank and the Clemens Family Corporation.

Interacting with a Watson Executive in Residence offers DelVal students a chance to learn about the current trends, ideas and emerging issues influencing the world economy in a variety of industries and provides networking opportunities. 

The program's founder, Tom W. Watson, a graduate of the DelVal class of 1957 and former chief growth officer of Omnicom Group, Inc., values the learning that happens in the classroom and understands the world experience an Executive in Residence can bring to a classroom discussion, public lecture or workshop for student by enhancing the overall learning environment.

In addition to learning about a particular business or industry, students gain added insight from Watson Executives in Residence as the speakers share their own personal career stories and executive skills development.

Past Executives in Residence have included Pamela Sander president of Zumbro River Brand Inc., a contract food manufacturer; Howard Stoeckel, chief executive officer of Wawa, Inc.; and Phillip Clemens, chairman and chief executive officer of the Clemens Family Corporation and chairman, chief executive officer and board member of Clemens company subsidiaries, which include Hatfield Quality Meats and Wild Bill's Foods, among others.