Release Date: Nov. 18, 2008
Former Town & Country CEO to Give ASU Fall Commencement Address
Alvin New, Angelo State University alumnus and former president and CEO of Town & Country Food Stores, will deliver the commencement address during ASU’s fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.
New will address graduates of the College of Business and the College of Education during a 10 a.m. ceremony that Saturday. He will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and College of Nursing and Allied Health in a 2 p.m. ceremony. More than 350 students will receive diplomas during the two graduation exercises.
A 1984 ASU graduate in management, New went to work at Town & Country as a store clerk that same year. After subsequent promotions to assistant store manager, store manager and district manager, he moved into the marketing department where he oversaw the company’s food service operations and introduced the Subway, Godfather’s Pizza, Taco Bell and Country Cookin’ restaurants into various store locations.
Further promotions saw New become vice president of marketing, executive vice president of operations and ultimately president and CEO, a position he held until the sale of Town & Country to Susser Holdings Corp. in November 2007.
During his tenure at Town & Country, New made regular management presentations to students in the ASU College of Business. Both he and his wife, Patricia, Class of 1986 and 1993, are former ASU Carr Scholars and they recently donated $600,000 to fund scholarships and program enhancements for the ASU Honors Program as well as classroom renovations in the ASU business and education colleges.
New has also been active in the San Angelo community, serving on the boards of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Wells Fargo Community Bank, Boys and Girls Club and the ASU Foundation. He is a past member of the National Association of Convenience Stores executive committee and the Texas Restaurant Association.
The News have two daughters, 13-year-old Victoria and 11-year-old Elizabeth.