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Dick Clark

His show American Bandstand made television history.

The man whose show American Bandstand made television history, and who—as host of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve—was a welcome guest in millions of homes each year on December 31, also made his mark as a businessman. That may seem surprising to those who knew Dick Clark ’51 only for his work before the camera or the microphone, as a music industry personality, actor, and game show host. In fact, Clark had a sound basis for success in business. He earned his Syracuse University degree at what is now the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, a nationally recognized leader in entrepreneurship. His company, Dick Clark Productions, produced a wide variety of programming, including teen dance shows, made-for-television movies, feature films, game shows, and award shows such as The Golden Globe Awards. For many of these shows, Clark served as executive producer.

The Whitman School, regularly listed as one of the highest-ranking business schools in the nation, was the training ground for many renowned entrepreneurs and financial leaders. The school is known for its innovative programs, including the Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, which offers entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country.

Whitman students use what they learn in the classroom to make a difference in the world. Members of SU’s Enactus organization created a business partnership though a fair-trade organization in Guatemala, helping train a group of impoverished Mayan women in the basics of jewelry making, with their work being sold in the SU Bookstore. Enactus members tutor English as a Second Language students in a Syracuse middle school in math, currency, and basic American etiquette and customs; and offer independent living skill training to women in Syracuse’s Chadwick Residence, a transition home for homeless women.