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11-18-2016

Clarkson University's Erin Draper Elected USASBE Director-At-Large

Clarkson University Director of the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship Erin Draper has been elected to serve as a director-at-large on the executive board of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Erin DraperUSASBE is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. Its mission is to "provide the network to advance knowledge and foster business development through entrepreneurship education and research."

The organization awarded Clarkson's School of Business the USASBE Undergraduate Model for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education in 2015.

"I am looking forward to serving the discipline of entrepreneurship as a director-at-large for USASBE," Draper said. "In this role, I will be working alongside the president to implement strategic initiatives and strengthening the organization".

Draper earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and technical communications from Clarkson in 2003 and started her career in outside sales and new market development at General Electric. She has been with the Reh Center since it was founded in 2009, and she earned her Clarkson MBA in 2014.

"Erin has been an active member of USASBE for a number of years and has helped advance Clarkson's reputation, Reh Center activity and what we do with entrepreneurship education within the USASBE network," said School of Business Dean Dayle Smith.

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, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, 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.

[Photographs for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/edraper.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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