AT&T Leaders Address Academic Bridge Students

Randy Tomlin is senior vice president of U-verse field operations.

The Academic Bridge Program recruits and assists first-generation college students from local school districts to participate in an intensive summer session prior to their freshman year. Along with tutoring, honing study habits and acclimating to college life, the newest Academic Bridge freshman class had the opportunity to receive career advice from two of AT&T’s highest-level executives.

Dr. Krish A. Prabhu, chief technology officer of AT&T, Inc. and CEO and president of AT&T Labs, is a long-time supporter of Academic Bridge and education. Prabhu spoke to students about growing up in India and learning that education was a privilege that many in his country did not share. After completing his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, Prabhu distinguished himself at AT&T and other technology companies where his experience in research, corporate leadership, innovation and venture funding raised his profile in the industry. He encouraged students to use their education at UT Dallas as a springboard to their career dreams.

Senior vice president of U-verse Field Operations Randy Tomlin told the Academic Bridge students that his schooling, like theirs, took place in the Dallas Independent School District. There, one of his teachers took a special interest in him. With his teacher’s encouragement and Tomlin’s work ethic, he has enjoyed a successful 30-year-career at AT&T. One of the high points, Tomlin said, has been launching AT&T’s U-verse, a product that has added a new dimension to the multinational telecommunications corporation. Tomlin stressed persistence and pursuing a field that you love. As the incoming freshmen shared their plans for the future, Tomlin said that he was inspired by their aspirations and initiative.

Learn more at the Academic Bridge website.

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