McDonald’s executive to deliver York lecture at Auburn University Sept. 30

Published: September 22, 2014
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Jerome Lyman, vice president of global quality systems for McDonald's Corporation, will discuss "The Challenge of Consumer-Facing Supply Chains." on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in a public lecture at Auburn University.

Lyman will speak at 4 p.m. in Room 113-A of the Lowder Business Building as part of College of Agriculture's E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer Series.

A 36-year McDonald's veteran, Lyman oversees enterprise leadership of the food safety, quality systems, emergent issues and supplier compliance areas of the world's largest fast-food restaurant chain. The work includes coordinating global teams throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

"The purpose of the York lecture series is to invite thought leaders on food and agriculture to Auburn University, and we are excited to host Jerome Lyman," said Paul Patterson, associate dean for instruction in the College of Agriculture. "He has been invited to share insights on the procurement strategies and policies of McDonald's, a company that can and does influence agricultural production practices."

The E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer Series was established in the College of Agriculture in 1981 through an endowment from the late E.T. York and his wife, Vam Cardwell York. An Auburn College of Agriculture alumnus, York served as head of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in the early 1960s and went on to become president of the University of Florida and, later, chancellor of the State University System of Florida. The York Lecturer Series brings renowned speakers to Auburn to share their agriculture-related knowledge with the campus and community.

For more information on the lecture, contact Megan Ross at (334) 844-4768 or

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