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05-10-2000

New Dean To Lead Clarkson School Of Business In Developing Leaders For Technological Age

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- Several things contributed to Timothy Sugrue’s (shoo-GROO) decision to join Clarkson University as new dean of its School of Business.
Timothy F. Sugrue
“It’s a university where the technologically rich environment and the business school combine to provide a unique opportunity to develop technological leaders,” says Sugrue.

Clarkson, known by many for its renowned engineering program, is developing a reputation as a university where students can prepare for leadership in our technological age. Now its business school has a new leader.

Timothy F. Sugrue, senior associate dean at the School of Business Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., will become dean of Clarkson’s School of Business on July 1.

“In the new economy, technology leads, to be sure,” says Sugrue. “But it is the people who understand technology and business— people with well-honed leadership and communication skills— who will become the leaders of tomorrow. One of my goals is to work to further integrate technology and business to prepare students for today’s challenges.”

An innovator himself, Sugrue was responsible for reorganizing separate graduate and undergraduate units at George Mason into one unified School of Management with 3,000 students.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Tim Sugrue has the skills our School of Business needs in a new dean,” says Clarkson Vice President for Academic Affairs Anthony G. Collins. “He has both a fundamental understanding of the intersection of technology with business and experience in developing educational programs.”

This August, Clarkson’s School of Business will relocate to a new state-of-the-art building.

“We’re combining a new dean with a new building -- it’s a watershed time for the School of Business,’’ says Clarkson University President Denny Brown. “I look forward to working with Tim as he continues to build our national reputation as a distinguished school of business.”

The business school’s new building will be the home of three innovative centers, which cut across the University’s high-tech and business curricula: the Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, the Center for Excellence in Communication, and the Center for Global Competitiveness. These new centers for excellence will provide Sugrue and the entire faculty with the tools to help students develop their skills and confidence.

“When I visited Clarkson, I was impressed by the teams of students from many disciplines, working together in very innovative learning experiences,” says Sugrue. “This is the kind of preparation that matches the way the world works today. These programs are rigorous, but the spirit is friendly and collaborative.”

Sugrue hopes to expand the business program, while bolstering its quality as well. “I want to see the undergraduate program nurture both higher quantity and higher quality,” he says. “I want to see a very selective undergraduate program. And I also want to see more focus at the graduate level.”

Sugrue has served as an associate dean in the School of Business Administration at George Mason since 1996 and has been senior associate dean since 1997. He has taught finance at George Mason University since 1987, moving there as an assistant professor from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

A 1975 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point with a bachelor of science degree in engineering and a concentration in computer science, Sugrue continued his studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., earning his doctorate in business administration in 1985.

Economics Professor Fredric C. Menz, who is completing his second year as interim dean of the School of Business, will return to full-time teaching in July.

Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The University has 2,902 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in its schools of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Science.

Photo caption: Timothy F. Sugrue, who will become dean of the Clarkson University School of Business on July 1, visits the school's new home, Bertrand H. Snell Hall.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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