Chattanooga State University

Zycron Founder Darrell S. Freeman Speaks About “Paving the Way: A Foundation for Success” During Chattanooga State’s Black History Month Celebration

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga native Darrell S. Freeman, Sr., is the featured speaker for the Empowering the College Man luncheon scheduled for 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Albright Omniplex building at Chattanooga State Community College.

Freeman, who last year Governor Bill Haslam appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents, is the executive chairman of Zycron, Inc., an information technology services and solutions firm he founded in 1991. Zycron has had an office in Chattanooga since 1996.

The topic of Freeman’s speech on Tuesday is “Paving the Way: A Foundation for Success.” Freeman will share his message with a group of 80 to 100 male Chattanooga State students, some of who may have experienced similar economic and social challenges that he faced while in grade school and college.

Growing up in the Orchard Knob community in the 1960s, Freeman knows all too well the importance of reaching back and empowering younger men who are striving for success. As the child of two parents who did not finish high school, he became a two-time graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, and was able to expand his horizons and travel the world through education and entrepreneurship.

“It is an honor to be a guest at Chattanooga State and offer a personal message that could positively impact even one life,” Freeman said. “Education and mentorship were two of the most critical elements in my success, and hopefully I can inspire the members of the Chattanooga State community the way my mentors inspired me.”

As part of Chattanooga State’s President’s Lecture series, Freeman will also make a presentation at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Health Sciences Center. He will talk with faculty, staff, and students with approximately 125 participants. Before leaving campus, he will join Chattanooga State President Dr. Jim Catanzaro for “Face-To-Face,” a television program where the president engages noted scholars and societal leaders about the critical issues of our times.