Clarkson University will honor a 1962 Clarkson alumnus and benefactor by naming its School of Business, the David D. Reh School of Business. David Reh ’62, Hon. ’17 of Victor, N.Y. is a successful business leader and visionary entrepreneur.
“David Reh has dedicated his professional life to growing enterprises and adapting to evolving opportunities and challenges in the marketplace. While developing a successful technology-based company and global brand, he has helped prepare the next generation of business creators and industry leaders at his alma mater. He is the embodiment of the qualities of leadership, entrepreneurial competence and integrity we expect all students to aspire to in their chosen professions,” said Anthony G. Collins, president of Clarkson University. “With his wife, Sue, he has engaged our student and alumni bodies in the spirit of goodwill and philanthropy that has propelled our business programs, entrepreneurship outreach into the community and our mission forward for decades to come. We are pleased to recognize his generosity and commitment to Clarkson in this lasting and meaningful way.”
The official dedication will take place on Friday, October 13, 2017 in a celebration at the Potsdam campus with his family, the University community and other alumni donors and volunteers present.
“On behalf of the faculty, we truly thank Dave for his many years of volunteer service to the School and the University’s larger vision. His progressive insights and collaboration with Clarkson faculty, staff and students in growing the very core of the University’s academic, research and social experiences in innovation and entrepreneurship have been appreciated,” said Dayle Smith, Dean of the Reh School. “The strategic investments he has made in Clarkson’s future have led to our preeminence and national rankings in entrepreneurship, innovation and business education.”
Reh is the founder, 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. Today, the Gorbel and Retrotech brands are recognized throughout the world with business operations in New York and China.
In 2011, Reh was inducted into the Rochester, N.Y., Business Hall of Fame. He is currently the owner and managing partner of the award-winning Ravenwood Golf Club in Rochester.
Reh and his wife, Sue A. Reh, are passionate advocates for higher education. Their commitment to supporting and shaping business and entrepreneurship education culminated in the establishment of the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University. The Reh’s have continued their support through an endowed chair and an endowed professorship, which supports permanent faculty positions with a focus on entrepreneurial leadership, research and practice.
Reh sits on numerous boards, and has been a Clarkson Business Leadership Council member since 2006. He also serves on the Simon National Council and the Executive Advisory Committee for the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial distribution from Clarkson and an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon School Of Business.
He also was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson's 124th Commencement in May. The degree was awarded for "his steadfast commitment to technology innovation and entrepreneurship, the twin engines of progress, and for his dedication to shaping the next generation of business creators and industry leaders."
The David D. Reh School of Business’ undergraduate and graduate business programs stand out in higher education because the student experience is designed to meet the targeted needs of the world's most innovative companies. These companies seek out and want to cultivate employees who can think across traditional boundaries, merging solid business know-how with insight into engineering, global supply chain management, information systems and more.
The Reh School, and its Reh Center for Entrepreneurship founded in 2009, are also unique in higher education because all students from all disciplines at Clarkson have opportunities to access the resources and practical skill building exercises to develop their entrepreneurial competence and support framework for business. Students gain advice and expertise to not only propel their businesses forward, but also learn how to work systematically – a skill that will pay off when they enter industry or a start-up. Through hands-on consulting projects by faculty and students with entrepreneurs and innovators, there has been a proliferation of new start-ups and sustainability of small businesses in the region.
Clarkson’s programs in business and entrepreneurship are nationally recognized. The United States Association of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs (USASBE) recognized Clarkson as offering the National Model for Entrepreneurship Education. Ranked among the Best Undergraduate Business Programs in America and Top 20 Supply Chain Management Programs by US News & World Report, the University’s graduate program is also among the top 10 Best Online MBA Programs (College Choice), top 10 Best Online MBA in Human Resource Management (Online MBA Today) among many other third-party endorsements.
Clarkson students design their academic, research and social life to collide intentionally with their own personal passions and goals to create a powerful learning experience. Since its founding in 1896, the University encourages faculty and students to defy convention by going beyond the status quo of deep disciplinary knowledge to innovate and solve problems at the intersections of science, technology, engineering, arts and business. Everyone has opportunities and hands-on access to build the mindset and practical skillsets to stretch boundaries. Clarkson graduates emerge with the entrepreneurial competence to make sense of complex systems and forge connections across people and fields. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company.