W. Frank Fountain

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W. Frank Fountain

"From 1966 to 1968 W. Frank Fountain accepted a Peace Corps assignment to West Bengal, India to assist farmers in implementing new techniques for yielding higher volumes of rice crops. In his second year in India, Fountain aided a local farmer in growing the largest harvest of rice ever produced in his district. He also collaborated with the local handicraft industry to develop new marketing plans to expand their consumer bases. At the end of his Peace Corps assignment, Fountain was selected to stay in India for an extra month to pinpoint work sites for impending Peace Corps Volunteers.

"In 2004, Fountain was selected as senior vice president of external affairs and public policy of the Chrysler Group. He serves on numerous Boards of Directors, including: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Africare, Detroit Public Schools Board of Education, and the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. Fountain holds a bachelor's degree from Hampton University, a master's in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University. Regarding his Peace Corps service, Fountain once said, "Most of the success that I have experienced throughout my career can be traced back to the intense, challenging, sometimes painful, but always inspiring experience in the two years in West Bengal, India."“ [1]

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  1. National Advisory Board, Arab American National Museum, accessed December 5, 2008.

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