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Timothy Sugrue Named Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University

Timothy F. Sugrue, president & CEO of Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Clarkson University, was named professor emeritus at Clarkson's 123rd Commencement on May 7. He was honored for 16 years of exemplary service to the University.

Timothy SugrueSugrue has had a distinguished, multifaceted career at Clarkson. He came to the University in 2000 as dean of the School of Business, serving for 13 years and implementing several new programs.

In late 2011, Clarkson President Tony Collins appointed Sugrue to serve as chief executive officer of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University.

Transition is nothing new to Sugrue, who began his academic career after the military. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he says, “I fit well with Clarkson University. What I'm most proud of is that business was an afterthought when I first came to campus, but it certainly isn't now.”

As dean of the School of Business, he oversaw significant academic and administrative changes that resulted in national recognition and rankings for a number of programs, particularly supply chain management and entrepreneurship.

“For small organizations, excellence comes through specialization. Both entrepreneurship and global supply chain management played well against engineering heritage of the university. It just made sense,” he says. “We did those two things well.”

During his years at Clarkson, the University acquired a not-for-profit organization, the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. Upon joining Beacon Institute, Sugrue immediately conceived and launched an interdisciplinary summer program for undergraduates, along with initiating a graduate program in engineering management that takes advantage of Beacon Institute’s Hudson River location and environmental mission.

As a non-advocacy environmental organization, the Institute “deals with data and facts and science,” Sugrue says. “Water quality is one of our major scientific initiatives.”

His retirement plans are focused on family. He notes, “I have not had enough time for family over the last 10-15 years, and we have eight grandchildren. Family is the first order of business. Looking forward, we'll see about other stuff. I've had this retirement date circled on the calendar for a long time now.”

Before coming to his posts at Clarkson and the Beacon Institute, Sugrue taught on the faculty of West Virginia University and as an affiliate faculty member at both the United States Military Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He also was a professor of finance and senior associate dean at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Sugrue received his bachelor's degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, 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 innovation with enterprise.

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