Talladega College Chairman of the Board, Harry Coaxum, Class of 1975, was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 23, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
For the past 26 years, the Hall of Fame has recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of deserving graduates of HBCUs for their distinguished service to their country, alma mater and excelling in their field of endeavor and/or contribution to community and society in the fields of arts & entertainment, athletics, business & amp; industry, community service, education, faith & amp; theology, government & law, medicine, science and lifetime achievement.
Dr. Coaxum spent over 30 years with the McDonald’s Corporation and retired as Vice President, General Manager for McDonald’s Atlanta Region. He was directly responsible for providing strategic leadership for 790 restaurants generating $1.9 billion in annual revenues. The restaurants are located in the states of Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Serving his alma mater as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Coaxum provides instrumental leadership to leading Talladega College back to preeminence. Dr. Coaxum earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics from Talladega College and completed course work at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Darmouth College. In 2012, Dr. Coaxum was awarded an honorary doctorate from Talladega College.
Harry has received numerous awards and recognition from the following organizations: McDonald’s Corporation: Outstanding Restaurant Execution; Foundations for Growth: Commitment to People; National Black McDonald’s Operator Association; 100 Black Men of America; Dollars and Sense Magazine; Ebony Magazine; Atlanta Tribune Magazine; United Negro College Fund; National Society of Hispanic MBAs; National Association of Black Accountants; National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.; City of Philadelphia; Who’s Who Among African-Americans; NAFEO – Distinguished Alumni Award; Father of the Year from American Diabetes Assoc.; Outstanding Alumni Award from National Alumni Council of UNCF and UNCF Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee.
He is married to attorney Donna Bunch Coaxum and has three children, namely, Todriq, Nia and Maya.