• Young alums honored as ‘ones to watch’ in tech, mass transit

    Jeffrey Blackwell and Russ FrankAs a kid, I was fascinated with the story of Timothy in the New Testament. I remember a Sunday School teacher describing Timothy as a role model to us kids — a young man who accomplished great things. That example came to mind when I read about two young Baylor graduates who were recently recognized by a pair of publications as future stars in their fields.

    Jeffrey Blackwell, BBA ’92 (left), was named one of 25 “Ones to Watch” in 2010 by CIO Magazine. Blackwell is national director of technology for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, a division of international Big Four auditor Deloitte that provides corporate finance advice to clients. CIO Magazine honors its top 25 annually to “recognize the next generation of IT leaders” in business technology. Blackwell was previously named one of Computerworld’s “40 Technology Innovators Under 40″ in 2007.

    Russ Frank, BA ’94 (right), was honored as one of the “Top 40 Under 40″ by Mass Transit magazine. Frank serves as associate vice president for the Houston METRO, where he helped the agency get over political obstacles to open Houston’s first light rail line in 2004. More recently, Frank led the METRO team that negotiated a contract with the city to build the next five light rails, helping shape fair compromises on the use of city right-of-way, utility relocations and other such issues that arise in massive projects like these.

    Sic ’em, young Baylor grads!

    [We learned of these honors from a pair of Bears who shared their Baylor pride. Do you know of an inspiring story, news item, or just a fun link that makes you proud of Baylor and the Baylor family? Let us know! Click here to submit your point of pride!]

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