January 27, 2020

Students travel to Jacksonville, Florida, to meet UWS alumnus and CSX President and CEO

Transportation & Logistics and Supply Chain Management students toured CSX and had breakfast with UWS alumnus and CSX President and CEO, James Foote.

Transportation & Logistics and Supply Chain Management students toured CSX and had breakfast with UWS alumnus and CSX President and CEO, James Foote.

A select group of six students from the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Transportation & Logistics and Supply Chain Management programs, accompanied by Dr. Richard Stewart and Dr. Daniel Rust , traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, in early January to meet with CSX rail-based freight transportation’s President and CEO, James Foote. 

Foote is a UW-Superior alumnus who rose through the ranks of the Chicago and North Western Railroad and the Canadian National Railroad before joining CSX in 2017. He took time to converse with the students over breakfast in the CSX executive boardroom. The wide-ranging conversation gave the students the opportunity to learn from one of UWS’ outstanding alumni and hear about his career experiences and industry expertise.

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting James Foote,” said student Ryan Lovaas.  “He was very approachable and was eager to answer our questions about his impressive career and to share his vast knowledge about the railroad industry.”

The students also spent time with the CSX chief safety officer to learn how the company is transforming its safety culture. The CSX general manager for intermodal accompanied the UWS group on a tour of the Jacksonville intermodal terminal where they witnessed the unloading of containers and trailers from rail flatcars.

“I was very impressed about how welcoming everyone was while we were visiting CSX,” said student Nick Moore. “I felt like I was a part of an experience that was a direct result of the hard work and dedication that has been put into our program. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, and I am very grateful for this opportunity to see the day-in-and-day-out work at CSX, and to discuss big picture ideas with senior management.”

Following the meetings and tour at CSX, students participated in a UWS alumni event at the Omni Hotel where they visited with other graduates about their career paths. The students also toured the port of St. Augustine, the Old Town area, and the port of Jacksonville.

Transportation & Logistics and Supply Chain Management students toured CSX and had breakfast with UWS alumnus and CSX President and CEO, James Foote.

Transportation & Logistics and Supply Chain Management students toured CSX and had breakfast with UWS alumnus and CSX President and CEO, James Foote.

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