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01-28-2013

Clarkson University Athletic Director's Office Named for Bill & Jane Fiesinger

Clarkson University recently dedicated the "Fiesinger Athletic Director’s Office" in the Alumni Gymnasium in honor of F. William “Bill” Fiesinger ’37 and his wife, Jane Fiesinger, both of Potsdam.

 Bill Fiesinger (front) and (left to right) Clarkson President Tony Collins, Karen Collins, Athletic Director Steve Yianoukos, and Ann Fiesinger, Bill & Jane's daughter.The dedication was made possible by a generous gift from Richard P. ’67 and Jean S. Fiesinger to honor Richard’s uncle.

“It is perfectly fitting that every Clarkson athletic director, from today forward, will occupy the Fiesinger Athletic Director’s Office. Bill and Jane Fiesinger’s names will endure at Clarkson and this is a great thing,” said Clarkson President Tony Collins in his remarks during the dedication ceremony.

A star athlete, student leader and scholar, Bill Fiesinger graduated from Clarkson in 1937 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. A three-sport star at Clarkson, he played football, basketball and baseball for the Golden Knights and made a significant impact every time he stepped on the field or court. He was the leading scorer for the football team, a class officer, a member of Lambda Iota fraternity and was elected Ice Carnival King. At his graduation in 1937, Fiesinger was presented the Frederica Clarkson Award in recognition of his outstanding undergraduate accomplishments.

In 1937, Fiesinger turned down an offer to play professional football with the Cleveland Rams, and instead began his career as an engineer at Corning Glass. He was very involved with Clarkson alumni activities, and in 1959 left a successful safety engineering and insurance brokerage practice in Syracuse and moved his family to Potsdam to become the first full-time director of the Clarkson Alumni Association.

Fiesinger served Clarkson in a number of other external relations roles, and in 1974 was named Clarkson’s director of athletics, where he served until his retirement in 1979. He played a major role in keeping Golden Knight athletics teams competitive at the intercollegiate level and in expanding recreational activities for all undergraduates.

At the 1979 commencement ceremonies, the Clarkson board of trustees passed a resolution naming him a Clarkson Ambassador. A recipient of the Alumni Association Golden Knight Award in 1964, Fiesinger was inducted into Clarkson’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/bfiesinger.jpg.]

Photo caption: Clarkson University recently dedicated the "Fiesinger Athletic Director’s Office" in honor of F. William “Bill” Fiesinger ’37 and his wife, Jane Fiesinger. Pictured above are Bill Fiesinger (front) and (left to right) Clarkson President Tony Collins, Karen Collins, Athletic Director Steve Yianoukos, and Ann Fiesinger, Bill & Jane's daughter.

[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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