Author Profile : Guy Vickers

Guy Vickers

Guy Vickers
President - The Tommy Hilfiger, Corporate Foundation

In his current role as President of the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation and Vice President of Community Affairs, R. Guy Vickers continues to build upon his broad experience in education and social work to better the lives of children across the country. Responsible for the continued growth of the corporate foundation and the expansion of the company’s involvement in the community, he also sustains Tommy Hilfiger’s commitment to original foundation activities such as the DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc, Fresh Air Fund and the Race to Erase MS.

Born in Douglas, Georgia, and raised in Elmira, New York, the high school and college basketball hall-of-famer earned a B.S. degree in Social Work from the State University of New York in Brockport. It was there that Vickers developed a passion for helping others, and he subsequently went on to earn a MSW in Policy and Planning from the Atlanta University School of Social Work. Vickers is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Policy and Planning at Clark University School of Social Work.

Shortly after completing his MSW, Vickers was named Assistant Director of SECME, Inc. (Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering), which ignited his distinguished career in education and specifically, the engineering effort. His unparalleled fund raising efforts combined with his innovative public relations programs and teacher-training institutes led him to the Office of Minority Educational Development at Georgia Tech, where he served as Associate Director for six years. There, he managed scholarship programs for minority engineering students, served as advisor to eleven student organizations and supervised graduate and doctoral students. In 1989, Vickers returned to SECME, Inc. in the capacity of Executive Director, where his duties included coordinating efforts by the Deans of forty-four Colleges of Engineering and liaising with seventy corporate and United States government agencies that invested in over 100 K-12 SECME programs across sixteen states.

Vickers’ unabashed dedication to young people is evident in his work with numerous non-profit organizations. Currently, he serves as Vice Chair and Board Member for the DC MLK National Memorial Project Foundation, Economic Opportunity Programs (EOP) – Ernie Davis Community Center Board and the Intel Computer Clubhouse Advisory Board. He is also a member of 100 Black Men of New York. Showered with numerous accolades over the years, Vickers was the 1996 recipient of the National Action Council for Engineering Inc.’s, Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award. Under his direction, SECME received the prestigious 1997 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, which led to a $900,000 grant from the Exxon/Mobil Education Foundation. In 1999, the 100 Black Men of Orange County recognized Vickers for outstanding contributions to the technology sector.

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