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Alumni Spotlight - Maxine S. Coleman

January 18, 2011

The first 2011 Cheyney University Alumni Spotlight shines on Maxine S. Coleman, a retired executive from Mars, Incorporated. Mrs. Coleman served as Vice President of Personnel and Organization for M&M/Mars Division (now Master Foods America) in Hackettstown, New Jersey. She was responsible for the development and implementation of all personnel programs and served as a key member of the senior management team for the company. Prior to her career at Mars, she worked at Smith Kline & French Laboratories (now Glaxo-SmithKline) in a number of management positions in personnel and marketing.

A native of Abington, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Coleman graduated from Abington High School and completed her undergraduate education at Cheyney University where she received a bachelor of science degree in education. She has also taken executive business courses at the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School and at Penn State University.

During Mrs. Coleman’s professional career, she served as an external consultant on organizational development, career development and training issues for various organizations. She conducted seminars and lectured at local and national organizations. She was a visiting professor at historically black colleges and universities as part of the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program. Mrs. Coleman has received numerous civic and community service awards and honors, and has been featured in articles in the EEO Journal and Black Enterprise. She is a member of the Abington High School Hall of Fame for Excellence in Business.

Mrs. Coleman is a former director of the Montgomery County Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Vernon Partners in Education. She served on the advisory council for the Division of Business at Bethune-Cookman University. She is currently chairman of the board of directors for Work, Achievement, Values and Education, and secretary of the board of directors for Leadership Education and Development, an organization dedicated to linking top minority high school students with major corporations and business schools in a summer business institute.

Mrs. Coleman’s professional affiliations include lifetime membership in the National Black MBA Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Executive Leadership Council, an organization of African Americans in senior level positions in corporate America. Her other interests include reading, singing, cooking, gardening, photography and travel.

Mrs. Coleman is married to Roland Coleman, also a Cheyney University graduate, and has residences in Pennsylvania and Arizona. She and her husband are committed to giving back to Cheyney University. They created an endowed scholarship in their name 10 years ago which provides financial assistance to one male and one female business administration student each year. They have both been life members of the Cheyney University Alumni Association since 1999, and they often support alumni and University fundraising activities. Cheyney University presented Mrs. Coleman and her husband with the 1837 Club Award in 2004, and the Outstanding Philanthropist Award in 2007.