MEET A SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Rex Bingham ’23 • Spartanburg, SC
Supply chain management and international business double major at the Honors College
College is all about opportunity. That may seem like an oversimplification, yet it’s exactly how Rex Bingham has approached the past four years. Ever since his first days on campus, this Honors College student has been putting himself out there, seeking new ways to move out of his comfort zone and take advantage of all the College has to offer.
The Global Scholar and a Schottland Scholar chuckles when reminded that he was initially identified as the guy whose goal was to make one new friend every hour. Now, wrapping up his undergraduate career as a double major in supply chain management and international business, Bingham’s departing the College with a number of impressive distinctions.
Recently, Bingham won second place among undergraduates at a national conference when he presented his research on communication in the food supply chain. Shortly afterward, he earned certification as a supply chain management professional. He also secured Yellow Belt status within the Lean Six Sigma system.
When asked to consider the highlights of his undergraduate years, Bingham pauses to reflect.
“Three things come to mind,” says the native of Spartanburg, South Carolina. “First, the mentorship, support and friendship I’ve enjoyed from professor Lancie Affonso all four years. Second, participating in the ImpactX competition where our team created a great business called FoodProof. And third, throughout the past year, I’ve conducted research under the guidance of Rafael Teixeira, assistant professor of supply chain and operations management. He’s an extraordinary researcher and I’ve learned so much working with him.”
Post-graduation, Bingham plans to work in Denver, Colorado, where he’s been hired as a supply chain analyst with Ernest & Young but says that he’s also investigating other opportunities.
“As my time at the College comes to an end,” he says, “I couldn’t be happier with my experiences. The friends and mentors I’ve met along the way will stay with me and provide me with a launching pad for my career and life aspirations. I look forward to using what I have learned to shape my future experiences, and I’ll be excited to come back and visit the College!”