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Profiles of Successful Alumni.

Alumni play a key role in the life and destiny of a college campus in more than one way including student recruitment and school fundraising. Professionally successful alumni give continued credibility to the quality of the academic product which is a magnet for attracting "the best and brightest" high school graduates to a particular campus. They often give back to colleges through financial support and/or frequently visit serving as mentors to undergraduates.

It's not often that college alumni are highlighted in the public spotlight for their achievements. Hoever, we'd like to showcase some of the more successful university alumni who are stellar performers in their respective professions.

Jesse E. Russell

Tennessee State University

Jesse E. Russell is AT&T's Chief Wireless Architect and Managing Director of the

AT&T Bell Laboratories Wireless Center of Excellence. He is internationally known as a trendsetter in the wireless communications industry and is highly regarded for his technical leadership and contributions in the areas of exploration, development, and deployment of innovative digital wireless communication systems. He is also well known in the Wireless Communications industry for his significant contributions in the areas of Cellular & PCS Standards, RF health & safety related standards, and Public & Industry Policy. Russell is currently responsible for AT&T's Wireless Systems & Services Architectures and wireless core technologies for Business Unit applications.

Since joining Bell Labs in 1972, Russell's responsibilities have spanned cellular communication systems, digital remote switching, traffic control, loop transmission, and network management. He has directed long range applied research in wireless technology and systems and was a major contributor in the development of digital cellular and microcellular technology that has helped AT&T become the leading provider of cellular equipment in the U.S. Russell holds several key patents in the wireless communications area.

He has published extensively and made numerous technical presentations both within the U.S. and internationally. He has been an invited keynote speaker at many technical conferences, and has chaired many technical sessions and a number of international conferences. Russell has held several offices of various technical societies, has received numerous awards, and has been honored by several prestigious societies for his contributions and leadership in the Wireless Communication Industry.

He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and the TIA Board of Directors. He is also a member of International Regulatory and Standards Committee on Third Generation Wireless Communications Systems, and a member of the Information & Technology Council of the American Management Association. Russell is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electromagnetic Energy Associa-tion, Fellow member, IEEE and inducted Member of the National Academy of Engineering. In addition, he currently also chairs the Mobile & Personal Communications Division of TIA.

Russell received a BSEE from Tennessee State University and an MS from Stanford University. He is a member of ETA Kappa Nu Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Edward (Ed) Nesbitt North Carolina A&T University

A native of Georgetown, South Carolina, Ed Nesbitt received his formal education at Howard High School in Georgetown. Upon graduation in 1951, he entered the United States Air Force and served four years as an air policeman.

After the Air Force stint, he received a football scholarship to North Carolina A&T University where he played fullback and linebacker for four years. He was elected student government president his senior year; was listed twice in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS Degree in Physical Education and Social Science in 1959.

He taught and coached in Concord, N.C. (1959-61) and Burlington, N.C (1961-64). Moving to Washington, D.C., he coached baseball and football and taught physical education (1964-66). In the winter of '66, Ed left the school systern and served as director of the Washington Urban League Neighborhood Development Center's Youth Development Program. He later became its community organization specialist; its assistant director and executive director of its successor organization, Center City Community Corporation in 1970.

Nesbitt was chosen as an R.J. Reynolds Fellow in economic education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a National Science Foundation Fellow at Virginia State College, Petersburg, Virginia. He received a Masters of Urban Studies from Howard University in 1973. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from NAFEG in 1999.

Over his career, he has served in a variety of civic and human service activities. Nesbitt, who resides in Capital Heights, Maryland, was inducted into the N.C. A&T Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. He is married to the former Loretta Johnson and has one son, Jonathan, both of whom are graduates of N.C. A&T State University. Jonathan is married to the former Leslie Hendricks and they have a daughter, Alicia.

Philip E. Holland Southern University at New Orleans

Philip E. Holland, a 30-year veteran of the United States Postal Service, is the City of New Orleans' first African-American Postmaster. Holland began his postal career in 1968 as a part-time letter carrier, earning only $2.95 per hour. He was appointed to the position of Postmaster on March 6, 1993.

Holland, a proud graduate of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) Class of 1975, attributes much of his success to Southern University. "I was a non-traditional student in the Evening Division. If SUNO had not been here to offer night courses, I do not know where I would be right now. I owe a debt of gratitude to the instructors who were here to help and lead me."

As postmaster of the largest city in the state of Louisiana, Holland is responsible for 17 sub-stations and manages an annual budget of $61 million. Under his leadership, the New Orleans Post Office generates over $93 million annually. His customer service team consists of six direct reports, 10 station managers, 53 supervisors, 1,109 employees and 470 city routes. His team serves 257,000 delivery points for approximately 600,000 customers. Representing more than 3,500 postal employees in the New Orleans area, Holland serves as the chief media spokesperson at special events and stamp ceremonies.

Holland serves as Chairman of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans area. The New Orleans Federal Executive Board also elected Holland as the 1999 Outstanding Federal Executive of the Year. During his tenure as the chairperson of the local chapter of the Federal Executive Board, Holland was instrumental in raising an unprecedented record amount of $1 .7 million in New Orleans as the Federal Chairperson of the Combined Federal Campaign. He actively participates in several community, civic and postal organizations: Mayors Commission for Government Reorganization; Board of Trustees for the United Way; Each One, Save One; New Orleans Better Business Bureau Council; Christmas in October Postal Customer Council and the Postal Customer Advisory Council. "Southern has molded me to be the man Tam today. I give SUNO the credit for the goals that I have achieved and the success that I enjoy."

Philip Holland is a native of New Orleans who was educated in the public schools of New Orleans. He is married to the former Sharon Bellizan and they have two children, Danielle and Dwayne. His son Dwayne is also a graduate of SUNO.

Jackie Martin Texas Southern University

Jackie Martin is President of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast in Houston, Texas. This outstanding graduate of Texas Southern University oversees a staff of 150. She manages an operating budget of $67 million and touches the lives of hundreds of individuals daily.

The organization that she leads was founded in 1922. It funds 254 programs through 81 health and human services agencies in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Waller Counties. Approximately 30 percent of the individuals served are African Americans.

Martin credits Texas Southern University with preparing her for this job with its myriad of challenges and opportunities. "The United Way wanted the best person for the job they did not look at color or gender they looked for and found experience and qualifications." She thanks TSU for providing a nurturing and caring environment where she could live, work and learn -- where learning didn't stop at the end of the day. "The close contact I had with my professors made me feel that I could do anything and everything. I made one of the best decisions of my life when I chose Texas Southern University."
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