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William Thomas Bernard King Named SCC Distinguished Alumnus

William T.B. King has been selected as the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. King is the Senior Master Data Analyst at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the largest utility companies in the United States in terms of its size, revenue, and purchasing of renewable energy. William started as a Logistic Analyst in charge of inventory reporting and stewardship; in the last 7 years, he's been promoted 3 times to his current position of Senior Master Data Analyst where he governs the processes and procedures for vendors and materials onboarding, and the implementation of new technologies in support of Supply Chain Operations.

King was born in Raleigh, North Carolina to Charles T.O. King III and Danielle T.B. Maybin, both from Liberia, West Africa. Still a toddler, William and his family return back to Liberia but were eventually forced to live in other African countries-Senegal, Gambia, and Sierra Leone at various times-due to the civil war in Liberia where over 300,000 people lost their lives, and over 1 million people were displaced. While living in Senegal, William learned to speak French, and frequently visited Goree, an island off the coast of Senegal historically known for the Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves).

William holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Policy, Management & Planning and a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an Associates of Science Degree in Accounting from Shawnee Community College. He and his lovely wife Celestina, reside in the beautiful city of Los Angeles.

Currently, William is the Vice-President of the Liberian American Community Organization of Southern California (LACOSC), and recently spearheaded the fundraising and shipping of a 40ft. container of supplies valued at over $100,000 to help prevent the spread of Ebola in Liberia. William strives to be a good steward of the trust and responsibility that has been imparted to him.

Marketing Coordinator, Emily Elliott asked William about his experience at Shawnee Community College's Commencement Ceremony and he stated, "Let me again extend a heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2015 for achieving such an important milestone in their lives. I once experienced the same joy and contentment as well. The world although full of challenges is also abound with opportunities that is awaiting you. Accepting the SCC Alumnus of the Year award was a humbling moment for me and I am deeply thankful to the members of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Tim Bellamey, and the faculty and staff of Shawnee Community College for this recognition. The commencement reception and ceremony was truly memorable because of the warm embrace and welcome I received from the time I walked through the doors. I marveled at the expansion of the facilities and the new design at SCC, which truly puts the students first. The huge turnout of family, friends, faculty and staff for commencement is a testament to the community and how much of a premium is placed on education. It is evident that Shawnee Community College continues to place a premium on the students and their college experience. I encourage anyone in the surrounding community who is thinking about a two-year college to strongly consider Shawnee."

For more information contact SCC's Marketing Coordinator, Emily Elliott at 618-634-3270 or emilye@shawneecc.edu.



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