On The Move
Ben Green Named Board of Directors Chair Midlands Education and Business Alliance
Oct 16, 2013
COLUMBIA, SC - October 16, 2013 - Ben Green, vice president of Teamstudio, has been named chair of Midlands Education and Business Alliance’s Board of Directors. Green succeeds John Barnes, who served as chair since 2011.
Green is no stranger to MEBA, nor its mission of strengthening the connection between education and business. His involvement with MEBA began six years ago when Jim Reynolds, long-time champion of MEBA and past board chair, asked him to present to a group of teachers and school counselors on economic development activities in South Carolina. Green, then a project manager with the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Global Business Development Division, agreed, immediately understanding the value of bringing education and business together, facilitating a positive exchange of information and resources and partnering to improve student outcomes and promote economic development.
“What I saw that day, and what I continue to say each day, is the immense need for MEBA in our community,” explains Green. “MEBA provides the perfect vehicle for bringing everyone together around a common goal – to raise economic vitality and quality of life.”
Green’s current position as a vice president with Teamstudio, a firm that provides enterprise level software for 2,300 companies in 32 countries, offers a unique perspective. Working extensively throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East to provide customers with applications for business efficiency, mobility and resilience, Green still calls Columbia home. He is committed to the Midlands community and passionate about his desire to make South Carolina the number one state in the country for student achievement and economic vitality.
“The two cannot exist without the other,” says Green. “That is why MEBA is so important. MEBA provides the connection.”
As chair, Green wants to continue to bring business, education, community and the government sector together, to identify opportunities for collaboration that will ultimately raise quality of life for all our citizens. He is proud of MEBA’s establishment of the Midlands Middle College, now a South Carolina Public Charter School, and remains focused on reducing the dropout rate and helping connect students to college and career. Green is also committed to putting together a comprehensive inventory of all Midlands nonprofits working within MEBA’s three focus areas of dropout prevention; college, career and citizenship readiness; and workforce development to serve as a resource and the foundation for creation of a strategic education and workforce development plan for the Midlands.
Born in Columbia, Green is a proud product of Richland Two School District. He is fluent in Spanish and Japanese and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Morehouse College and an MBA from the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business. He is also a 2011 graduate of Leadership Columbia.
Midlands Education and Business Alliance connects students, parents and educators to career opportunities through business partnerships, training and resources. For more information about MEBA, please visit our website at www.mebasc.com.