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Clarkson University Flags at Half-staff for Trustee John Correnti '69

Clarkson University Trustee John Correnti ’69 of Blytheville, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, August 18, in Chicago, Illinois. Funeral services will be held this Saturday, August 22, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Blytheville, Ark. The family will receive friends, Friday, August 21, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Cobb Funeral Home.

John CorrentiCorrenti was CEO of Big River Steel and currently leading a $1.3 billion build out of a new steel mill in Osceola, Arkansas. He has had an illustrious career in the steel industry having previously been at the helm of Nucor, SeverCorr, Birmingham Steel and Steel Development Corporation. He also most recently served as a director of Navistar International Corporation, Corrections Corporation of America and Mississippi University for Women Foundation Board.

A 1969 civil engineering graduate, Correnti was an active alumnus and benefactor of Clarkson University. First elected to the board of trustees in 1996, Correnti had since served multiple terms as a board member for his alma mater. He received the Golden Knight Award, Clarkson's highest alumni honor, in 1994.

"John Correnti was a larger-than-life leader who brought the same tenacity, vision and passion to Clarkson board meetings as he did in the boardrooms of some of the world’s largest steel companies," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "His good counsel and presence will be missed beyond words. On behalf of the Clarkson community, we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Dawn, and son, Nicholas."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six 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.

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