JONESBORO, Ark. — Natalie Shew has been named Hytrol’s new Manager of Academic Partnerships.


Shew will lead Hytrol’s new Academic Partnership initiative. Working closely with regional schools and colleges, Shew will develop programs and relationships that promote education in manufacturing and automation while increasing the talent pool.


“Natalie brings a wealth of knowledge working with educational programs,” said Hytrol Director of Strategic Planning Phillip Poston. “Her vision for engagement between Hytrol and educational partners is dynamic, and her enthusiasm is contagious. She is an excellent addition to the Hytrol family.”


Shew joins Hytrol from the University of Arkansas where she served as assistant director of proposals and planning for university advancement. With 10 years of experience in non-profit and for-profit management, Shew has held diverse roles such as directing proposals and private grants for a $1.2 billion campaign, founding a technical writing company, and working in educational advocacy in India, Afghanistan, and Northwest Arkansas.


“I am thrilled to join the Hytrol family, a place where new ideas are welcomed, people come first, and the sky is the limit. With this foundation, I feel fully equipped to build transformational relationships with our academic partners. My primary goals are to increase the flow of talent to Hytrol, help cultivate a thriving workforce, and boost economic and educational outcomes for the company, our partners, and the region,” said Shew.


Shew is a Memphis, Tennessee native. Her husband Dr. Aaron Shew is the REL Wilson Chair of Agriculture Economics at Arkansas State University. Natalie and Aaron reside in Jonesboro with their two large dogs.


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Hytrol designs and manufactures advanced conveyor systems for its customers. For more than 70 years, Hytrol has focused on creating innovative, customized conveyor solutions that help companies achieve their goals.