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08-27-2014

Clarkson University Alumnus Endows Entrepreneurial Leadership Professorship

Clarkson University alumnus David Reh ’62 and his wife, Sue, of Victor, N.Y, have continued their generous support of Clarkson by providing a generous gift to name the "Reh Family Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Clarkson University."

David Reh ’62 (right) and his wife, SueThe professorship will support a permanent faculty position with a focus on entrepreneurial leadership.  

The Reh Family Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurial Leadership is not the Rehs' first significant contribution to Clarkson. A gift to name the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship was made in 2012, in addition to many years of scholarship support ensuring student accessibility to a Clarkson education.

Entrepreneurship is nothing new to the Rehs. David is the past president and owner of the Raytec Group Inc., which he formed in 1971. Raytec consisted of two principal operating companies: Gorbel Inc., which manufactures jib and work station cranes, and Retrotech Inc., which specializes in the design, installation, modernization and support of automated material handling systems. Retrotech was acquired by Savoye Inc., a $100-million European Logistics Company in 2011, while David and Sue’s son, Brian Reh, now owns and manages Gorbel Inc. David remains as chairman.

David and Sue Reh met in Rochester, N.Y., in 1965 and married in 1967. Sue graduated from the University of Rochester in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and became a social worker in Jersey City, N.J., for a few years. She was then employed by the Monroe County Department of Children’s Services, received her master's of social work from the University at Buffalo and was employed for several years at Family Service of Rochester before establishing a private psychotherapy practice in Victor, N.Y. She retired from her practice in 2009 and is an active grandparent of nine, enjoying yoga, tennis and cycling.

“Clarkson University is truly blessed to have such staunch supporters in Dave and Sue Reh,” said Clarkson Senior Vice President and Provost Chuck Thorpe. “The Reh Family Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurial Leadership provides Clarkson with the means to attract an academician committed to teaching entrepreneurship and advancing entrepreneurship studies and experiences for Clarkson students.”

“Dave and Sue Reh’s gift is timely in recognizing the national preeminence of Clarkson’s nationally ranked program in entrepreneurship and innovation” said Dayle Smith, dean of the School of Business. “Their generosity once again leverages our ability to make a strategic academic investment in the School of Business, enhancing our ability to develop future entrepreneurial leaders. This faculty member will broaden scholarly research in entrepreneurship and innovation providing more opportunities for undergraduates and MBA students to participate and gain experience in research.”

"Our alumni around the world reflect what we call the Clarkson Values in their daily actions," says Clarkson President Tony Collins. "And through their support of the University, Dave and Sue Reh are shining examples of our values of service, caring and vision. What it really all comes down to is that the Rehs are wonderful people, who are doing the right thing."

"Sue and I are very pleased with the growth and reputation of Clarkson and in particular the School of Business," said David Reh. "We are impressed that two of the four programs offered are ranked in the top-20 and as an industrial distribution graduate I am extremely proud that our engineering and management program is one of only two programs in the world accredited by both the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). We are happy to be playing a part in the continued success of Clarkson.”

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.

Photo caption: Clarkson University alumnus David Reh ’62 (right) and his wife, Sue, have continued their generous support of Clarkson by providing a generous gift to name the "Reh Family Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Clarkson University."

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

[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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