Sanderson Farms CEO to speak at Southeastern's Livingston Ethics in Business Lecture

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Joe F. Sanderson, Jr.
by: Rene Abadie

HAMMOND – The chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms Inc. will deliver Southeastern Louisiana University's James and Evelyn Livingston Business Ethics Lecture on Tuesday March 24.

Joe F. Sanderson Jr., who is also chairman of the Board of the third largest poultry company in the nation, will speak on "Sanderson Farms: Growing the Right Way" at 7 p.m. in Student Union Ballroom A. The lecture is presented by the College of Business and is free and open to the public.

Headquartered in Laurel, Miss., Sanderson Farms is now a publicly held company engaged in the production, processing and marketing of poultry. The company maintains operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina and employs more than 11,747.

A graduate of Millsaps College, Sanderson joined the family owned business upon graduation and served in various positions. He was named president and CEO of the company in 1989. Active in several industry associations, he is a current director of the Mississippi Poultry Association, Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the National Chicken Council. He is a former director of the Mississippi Economic Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. In 2002, Sanderson was inducted into the Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame as the first second generation recipient of the honor. In 2006, he was selected as a Laureate of the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame.

"We are pleased to present another professional with strong business ethics as this year's Livingston lecturer," said College of Business Interim Dean Antoinette Phillips. "Mr. Sanderson is an example of a successful individual who generously gives back to his community at various levels as well as to his profession. This is a great opportunity for our students to hear from someone who guides a major corporation."

The lecture series was founded in 1984 by Hammond businessman John O. Batson in memory of his long time friend and associate James Livingston. The lecture also honors Livingston's late wife Evelyn, who was an active community volunteer for many years.

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