MY TURN: FedEx founder's thoughts on higher education

Lee Meredith
Lee Meredith

(WMC-TV) - FedEx Founder Fred Smith has a most a most enviable track record for his business judgment and his plain-spoken common sense.

We got a good dose of both qualities this week as he gave an extensive interview to Fortune Magazine. Among other targets, Smith took a shot at higher education.

He said we put too much emphasis on college degrees and he talked about high paying jobs at FedEx that are available to licensed mechanics. Smith said some of the jobs maintaining FedEx jets pay more than $100,000 a year, and he said you could get a job like that by attending Mid-South Community College in West Memphis where FedEx has a partnership.

In his comments to the magazine, Smith said that he thinks the federal government should limit higher education grants and loans to the fields of science, math and engineering because he thinks those are more valuable.

As usual, some refreshing honesty from the FedEx leader and a great national shout-out for the people at Mid-South Community College.

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