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Trustee: Gena Hudgins Ashe, C'83

Spelman College Trustee Gena Hudgins AsheSenior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Adtalem Global Education
B.A., Spelman College
M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2015
City of Residence: Bethesda, MD

Previously, Ashe was EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of BrightView Landscapes LLC, the country's largest landscape maintenance and construction company. Prior to her tenure at BrightView, Ashe held senior legal leadership positions in companies across a diverse portfolio of business sectors, including: Darden Restaurants, Inc., AT&T/Lucent Technologies, Inc. and The Public Broadcasting Service.

Ashe is also a director and chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of Directors for XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) and is also a member and vice chair of the Board of Directors of XPO Logistics Europe SA (Euronext: XPO).

Ashe was named to Savoy Magazine'sTM Power 300 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors for 2016 and was named by Spelman College as one of its 2016 Alumnae Influencers of The Year. She also recently earned the distinction of becoming a National Association of Corporate Directors Fellow. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Georgetown University Law Center and is the vice chair of the Board of Directors of the National Black MBA Association.

Ashe is a member of many civic and professional organizations, including the National Association of Corporate Directors, the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Executive Leadership Council, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Charting Your Own Course Foundation, the Links, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Ashe holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Spelman College, where she graduated summa cum laude and class valedictorian.

She resides in Bethesda, Maryland and in her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her husband, sports and entertainment attorney, Mason Ashe, and their daughter Kyndall.

My reason for wanting to serve on the Board
 – My passion for my alma mater began during my years as a student and still runs deep today.  Having the opportunity to serve the school and the students in this capacity is an honor.  To be able to help impact and shape the lives of these outstanding young ladies as they are groomed to make their marks on the world, is a blessing.

 

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