DelVal Student Receives Scholarship in Honor of CEO

May 06, 2008

Delaware Valley College student Kevin B. Gouldey has received a $2000 Watson Executive in Residence scholarship in honor of JM Herr, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Herr Foods Inc., Nottingham, PA., makers of snack foods, including potato chips, pretzels and corn chips.

Gouldey of Pipersville, PA, is a junior majoring in accounting. For the past two years, Gouldey has participated in the United States Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Gouldey was trained and certified by the IRS to perform free tax services for low-income individuals and families. In addition, he has been an accounting tutor at Delaware Valley College since last year and works part time as a bookkeeper for a local company and as a pharmacy technician for the local CVS Pharmacy.

Herr spoke recently at the college and met with finance and management classes, as well as with the college's Students in Free Enterprise club, as part of the Tom Watson Executive in Residence Program, which was established in 2005 to bring worldwide business leaders to Delaware Valley College. Herr's experience as head of a major snack maker and his role in the Snack Food Association afforded students the opportunity to learn from both an industry professional and business leader.

The Tom Watson Executive in Residence Program was established in 2005 to bring worldwide business leaders to Delaware Valley College. The program's founder, Tom W. Watson, is a graduate of the DelVal class of 1957 and currently dean of Omnicom University. Watson is former vice chair of Omnicom Group, Inc., a $10 billion advertising, marketing services and media management company. The Watson Executive in Residence brings a vast body of knowledge to the classroom discussion and the overall learning environment is enhanced. Students interact with the Watson Executive in Residence and get a chance to learn about current trends, ideas and emerging issues influencing the world economy in a variety of industries. In addition to Watson himself, past Watson Executives have included Wawa CEO, Howard Stoeckel; Phillip Clemens, CEO of the Clemens Family Corporation, which includes Hatfield Quality Meats and Wild Bills Foods; and Dr. Pamela Sander, President of Zumbro River Brand Inc., of Owatonna, MN, a contract food manufacturer.