In the time since Lynn Swiech, Senior Manager Global Food Safety and Quality Systems at The Hershey Company started the MSU Online MS in Food Safety, five Hershey’s employees have been students in the program. Because of their positive experiences and commitment to food safety, Lynn and seven others from The Hershey Company will visit MSU’s campus this May to continue to broaden their food safety expertise. They will participate in Creating a Food Safety Culture Executive Education program featuring Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety and Health, Walmart, USA and hosted by the MSU Online MS in Food Safety.
“As The Hershey Company continues to grow globally, enhancing and strengthening our Food Safety Culture will be critical to our success,” Lynn explains. “I believe this course will help us learn how to engage our employees across the organization and take our Food Safety Culture to the next level.”
Lynn is an excellent representation of our MSU Online MS in Food Safety alumni and students: a high-achieving professional who is committed to food safety. Lynn enrolled in the MSU Online MS in Food Safety 17 years into her career with The Hershey Company. While researching graduate programs in food science, Lynn found the MSU Online MS in Food Safety. She was drawn to the program because it so closely fit her primary professional focus: food safety.
In addition to her specific interest in food safety, Lynn explains that she appreciated that MSU’s Online MS in Food Safety gave her, “the ability to obtain a Master’s degree from a top-notch university with the accessibility and flexibility of an online program.” Lynn completed her MS in Food Safety while continuing to work for The Hershey Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The Hershey Company, North America’s largest producer of quality chocolate, is a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery. Lynn notes that deepening her understanding of food safety across the supply chain was among the most valuable aspects of her graduate education. “The MS in Food Safety has broadened my perspective,” she says, “It has given me a global perspective on food law and regulations. It has enhanced my expertise in various aspects of food safety, food defense, and food law. It has helped me advance my career with Hershey.”
Learning from her classmates was another highlight of the program for Lynn. “I was able to interact and network with peers from around the world… at other food companies, in different parts of the supply chain, in government,” she recalls. “It was great to get differing opinions and viewpoints.” Lynn’s experience was so positive that after graduating she returned as an instructor in the program’s introductory course, VM810.
Congratulations, Lynn, on your accomplishments and thank you for your hard work! We are looking forward to welcoming you home to MSU in May!