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Campaign Leadership Group

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A vital strength of the E2E Campaign's formula for great things is the exceptional group of volunteers—alumni, friends, Clarkson faculty and staff—who form the leadership group. They are both guiding and powering an exciting future for Clarkson University.

Kevin T. Parker '81
John M. Brilbeck '68
Dr. Lawrence J. Delaney '57
Jean E. Spence '79
Michael E. Jesanis '78, P'11
James F. Wood '64
Jon Harrington '77
Robert R. Ziek '78 

Anthony G. Collins
Goodarz Ahmadi
Dayle Smith
Peter Turner
Steve J. Yianoukos '72
Kelly O. Chezum
Patrick Roche


Kevin T. Parker '81
Co-Chair, E2E Campaign
Kevin T. Parker '81   Kevin Parker is a co-founder and managing principal of Bridge Growth Partners.  He is a recognized corporate leader in the technology industry, particularly in the information solutions and software sectors.  Parker most recently served as CEO of Deltek, a leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions.  He was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" at the 2012 Ernst and Young Awards for the software services division.  Before joining Deltek, Parker was CFO and later co-president of PeopleSoft, a leading provider of management software technology, in the years prior to its acquisition by Oracle.  He previously held senior management positions at Aspect Communication, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Standard Microsystems and Toshiba America.  Earlier in his career, he was with the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse.  Parker is a director and chairman of the Board of Polycom, Inc. and former board member of Camber Corporation.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Clarkson University, where he received his B.S. degree in accounting.
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John M. Brilbeck '68
Co-Chair, E2E Campaign
John M. Brillbeck '68   John M. Brilbeck is the former president and owner of Southern Heat Exchanger Corporation in Tuscaloosa, Ala. From 1985 to 2000, Mr. Brilbeck directed Southern Heat Exchanger Corporation’s 600 percent growth in sales and 1200 percent growth in profit from 1981. He increased the plant size three times and implemented innovative cost reductions programs in manufacturing and engineering, while establishing a strong market presence needed to increase market share. At the time the company was sold to Harbor Group in 1998, it was the third largest supplier of shell and tube heat exchangers in the United States and was debt-free. Prior to Southern Heat Exchanger, Mr. Brilbeck started his business career at Carrier Corporation in 1968, achieving several management positions before moving to Southern Heat Exchanger in 1981. He earned his B.S. in industrial distribution from Clarkson in 1968 and his M.B.A. from Syracuse University in 1971. Mr. Brilbeck was elected to the Clarkson University Board of Trustees in October 2009 and currently serves on the finance & budget, institutional advancement, and academic affairs committees.
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Dr. Lawrence J. Delaney '57

Dr. Lawrence J. Delaney '57 Larry Delaney is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Clarkson University.  Dr. Delaney is a senior executive specializing in space and missile systems, information systems, propulsion systems and environmental technology. Dr. Delaney retired as Vice President, Special Programs, L-3 Communications, following the acquisition of Titan Corporation by L-3 Communications. Previously he held the position of Executive Vice President of Operations and President and CEO of the Advanced Systems Development Sector of the Titan Corporation. Dr. Delaney was Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of Areté Associates from 2001-2003. He was Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) and Chief Information Officer from May 1999 to January 2001.  From January 20, 2001 until June 1, 2001, Dr. Delaney held the position of Acting Secretary of the Air Force. Earlier in his career, Dr. Delaney was Senior Vice President and Deputy Sector Manager of SAIC. Earlier, he organized and directed the Navy Systems Division at Martin Marietta Denver Operations, and before that was Director of Advanced Programs at Martin Marietta Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Delaney currently serves as co-chairman of the National Academies ISR committee, a member of the DOD STEM committee and a member of the AF SAB committee on the F-22 Oxygen Generation System. He recently served as Chairman of the National Academies (NAS) Air Force Studies Board and as a member of the NAS Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Acquisition Committee. Dr. Delaney chaired the NAS SOCOM study on Universal RF Systems. He completed his term as Vice Chairman of the Army Science Board in Summer 2101.  He serves as Chairman and Board Member on several high technology companies.  Dr. Delaney received the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for his work on the Army Science Board (1981-1988).  In 2001, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Department of the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. He has authored numerous articles in research and engineering journals. Dr. Delaney was an Advanced Research Scholar at The Technical University of Berlin, Fritz Haber Institute. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a BChE and MChE from Clarkson University.
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Jean E. Spence '79
Jean E. Spence '79  

Jean Spence is Executive Vice President of Research, Development & Quality for Mondelez International, Inc. She is responsible for all product and packaging development, research, nutrition, quality, food safety and scientific affairs activities worldwide.  She held the same position at Kraft Foods, Inc., the predecessor to Mondelez International, prior to the spin-off of the company's North American grocery operations in October of 2012.

Jean joined the company in 1981 as a Research Engineer for Maxwell House and holds three US and worldwide patents for her development work.  She held a variety of management positions in Research and Development and Quality before being named Quality Assurance Director in 1993.  A year later, Jean was named Research Director, Beverages, then became Group Director for Beverages and Desserts in 1995.  She was named Vice President of Technology in 1996 and Vice President, Worldwide Quality and Scientific Relations in 1999.

In November 2001, Jean was appointed Senior Vice President of Worldwide Quality, Scientific Affairs and Compliance for Kraft Foods North America.  In this role she was responsible for quality on a worldwide basis, coordinating global compliance programs, scientific relations, regulatory issues, microbiology and auditing.  In August of 2003 she was named Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Kraft Foods North America.  In that role, she oversaw basic research, nutrition and product, product, package and process development.

Prior to joining Kraft Foods, Jean worked in manufacturing as a Process Supervisor for Procter & Gamble in Staten Island, New York.

She serves on the Supervisory Board of GEA Group AG, the Board of Trustees of Clarkson University and is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists.  She served on the US Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Advisory Council, representing the food industry.

Jean received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College.  In May 2006, Ms. Spence was elected to Clarkson's Board of Trustees. 

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Michael E. Jesanis '78, P'11
Michael E. Jesanis '77, '79   Michael Jesanis is former president and chief executive officer of National Grid USA, a subsidiary of National Grid plc. Mr. Jesanis is also an executive director of National Grid and oversees the company’s distribution operations in the United States. National Grid USA distribution companies serve nearly four million electric and gas customers in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. National Grid is one of the world’s leading energy delivery companies, operating principally in the United States and United Kingdom. He joined National Grid USA’s predecessor, New England Electric System in 1983. Previous to his current position, he had been chief operating officer of National Grid USA. Mr. Jesanis earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics from Clarkson University in 1977 and 1979, respectively, and a master of business administration degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He was elected to the Clarkson Board of Trustees in February 2006. 
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James F. Wood '64
James F. Wood '64   James F. Wood was appointed Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ThermoEnergy Corporation effective January 2, 2013.  A thirty-year power industry veteran, Wood was formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal in the US Department of Energy and completed his service on December 31, 2012.  Prior to his government service, Mr. Wood was president and CEO of Babcock Power Inc. (BPI), one of the major US-based designer/manufacturers of environmental, pressure part, heat exchanger, combustion equipment and after-market services for the power generation industry.  From 1996 to 2001, Wood was president of Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), an integrated world-wide provider of boiler-systems and after-market services to the power industry.  He also was executive vice president of McDermott International Inc., the former parent of B&W.  From 1988 to 1996, Wood was president of WTI International Inc. (WTII) and managing director of Wheelabrator Technologies.  Mr. Wood has significant international experience, including periods of residency in Italy, India, Belgium, Columbia, and Ecuador and was responsible for B&W's foreign subsidiaries and ventures in China, Turkey, Egypt and Indonesia.  He was appointed to the National Coal Council by three Administrations, and was a member of the US-Egypt President's Council -- both federal advisory committees.  Mr. Wood is an ASME Fellow and Trustee of Clarkson University. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA with a focus on international finance from Kent State University.
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Jon Harrington '77
Jon Harrington '77   Jon Harrington is a partner with Omni Capital, a technology-focused venture capital firm. He retired from Accenture in 2005 after serving, most recently, as the managing partner of North American Communications High Tech and Media practice. Mr. Harrington is involved in several not-for-profit and charitable organizations as a board member and in advisory positions. He graduated from Clarkson in 1977 with dual bachelor of science degrees in mathematics and industrial distribution and joined the Clarkson Board of Trustees in February 1999, serving through 2005.
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Robert R. Ziek '78
Chair, Trustee Development Committee

 Robert R. Ziek '78

 

Mr. Ziek is the President of ZSOURCE, Limited, an innovation and NPD consulting firm which identifies and develops innovative new products and strategic technologies for several clients.  He also currently serves as VP of Innovation for Nehemiah Manufacturing, a consumer company in Cincinnati.  In addition, Mr. Ziek is an advisor, investor, and partner in Northbay Technology Development Company, a venture catalyst company in Potsdam, NY.

Prior to founding ZSOURCE, Mr. Ziek co-founded Changing Paradigms, a consumer packaged good company focused on retailer and licensed brands where he  served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior VP of Operations and R&D.  Prior to Changing Paradigms, he was director of product/process development for Drackett, a $600M consumer division of Bristol-Myers Squibb., where he served from 1985 until 1992.  Mr. Ziek started his career with P&G where he was involved with product development process development.

Mr. Ziek received a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in 1978 and a Masters degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration, from Xavier University in 1983.

Mr. Ziek was elected to the Clarkson University Board of Trustees in February 2010, and currently serves on the External Affairs, Internal Affairs Committees and is Chair of the Development Committee.  He is also a member of the Beacon Institute subsidiary.

Mr. Ziek is a member of the Temple Sholom Board of Trustees, the Purdue Music Organizations Advisory Board, and the Dean's Leadership Council for the Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University.  He was a Golden Knight Award recipient in 2008.

Mr. Ziek lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife Marcy.  

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Anthony G. Collins
Anthony G. Collins  

Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins is a regional and national advocate for higher education-industrial partnerships that couple research, discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise for commercialization and economic development. With a focus on advancing sustainable energy solutions and environmental technology innovation, he serves as the president of the Seaway Private Equity Corporation that invests in new technology companies based in St. Lawrence County, New York, and on the board for (TSEC) The Solar Energy Consortium, which mobilizes related resources in New York state. He is also the vice chair of New York's Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities and the chair of the national Association of Independent Technological Universities' Public Relations Committee. President Collins serves on the boards of the Central New York Metropolitan Development Authority, the Essential New York Initiative, the New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center, and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environment and Energy Systems.

Dr. Collins was among the primary architects of the Vision of a Clarkson Education that has guided evolution of the curriculum since 1995. As president, he now leads Clarkson's Evolution to Excellence, a comprehensive strategic plan elevating the University's academic reputation, strengthening its financial resources, and increasing the lifetime engagement of alumni.

Growing up outside Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Collins earned an undergraduate civil engineering degree from Monash University, and then master's and doctoral degrees from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked for both Australian Consolidated Industries and Utah Development Company. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1982, Dr. Collins launched his career at Clarkson, in Potsdam, New York, as an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. Subsequently rising to the rank of professor, he also assumed increasing levels of administrative responsibility, including department chair, dean, vice president for academic affairs, and provost. He was elected the 16th president of Clarkson University in 2003.

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Goodarz Ahmadi
Goodarz Ahmadi   Professor Goodarz Ahmadi is the dean of the Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University. He is also a Clarkson Distinguished Professor and held the endowed chair of the Robert R. Hill '48 Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. He is internationally known for his numerous engineering and scientific research contributions. Dr. Ahmadi earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1965 from Tehran University, his master’s degree in civil engineering in 1968 and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1970 both from Purdue University. Dr. Ahmadi was a professor of mechanical engineering at Shiraz University from 1970-1981 and was appointed as dean of the Engineering School at Shiraz University in 1979-1980. In 1982, Dr. Ahmadi joined Clarkson University as a professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering. He became Clarkson University's First Distinguished Professor in 2001; the Robert R. Hill '48 Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering in 2003; the interim vice provost for research in 2004-2005; and interim dean of engineering in 2005-2007.
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Dayle Smith

d_smith Professor Dayle Smith is the new Dean of the School of Business at Clarkson University. She earned her Ph.D. in organizational communication at the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1986. Prior to joining Clarkson, she was on the faculty at USC, Georgetown University and, for the last 20 years, at the University of San Francisco as a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior. While at USF, Dr. Smith took on additional roles as an Associate Dean, department chair and Director of the Business Honors Program as well as chairing and/or serving on a number of university and school-wide committees. In 2010-11, Dr. Smith was selected as a Fulbright senior scholar joining a team of interdisciplinary scholars on a multi-year initiative with 7 Hong Kong public universities to reform Hong Kong’s General Education Curriculum nationwide. In this capacity, she worked with other senior scholars, academicians, university administrators, government officials and the business community to reshape higher education for the next generation of citizens. Dr. Smith has taught internationally throughout Southeast Asia and in Europe working with executives, MBAs, and undergraduates in a number of diverse programs. Passionate about service learning and social enterprise, she has been active in the role of service learning in an academic environment, receiving numerous awards including the nationally prestigious Top 10 finalist Ehrlich Award, recognizing her work in research, teaching and curriculum development at both the school and university level. She has designed and implemented a number of innovative new programs including the Public Service Internship Program (PSIP); and Business Honors Cohort Program during her career at USF. Dr. Smith is the author of over 25 books and numerous articles in her discipline; served as a principle for a consulting firm working with organizations in the areas of: strategy; leadership, team development; and executive coaching. She is also a co-founder of an entrepreneurial start-up, Lexingford Publishing, and serves on several boards including two international NGOs.
Peter Turner
Peter Turner   Peter Turner is Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at Clarkson University, a position he has held since July 2008. He grew up in England — in the Liverpool area during the Beatles era. He received his B.Sc. (Honors) in mathematics in 1970 and his Ph.D. in pure mathematics in 1973, both from the University of Sheffield. After a year as a post doctorate in applied mathematics at Sheffield, he joined the faculty of the University of Lancaster as a lecturer in numerical analysis. During this time, his research interests developed to include systems of computer arithmetic. In 1987, Dean Turner moved to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he stayed as a professor of mathematics until 2002. At the Naval Academy, Dean Turner received awards for both his teaching and his research. His efforts in founding the Center for Computational Science and Engineering at USNA also resulted in his being named to the first USNA Teaching Fellowship. He came to Clarkson in 2002 as chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science. He has published four undergraduate texts in scientific computing, edited three volumes of conference proceedings, (co-)authored more than 40 research papers, and served on national committees for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). Most recently for SIAM, he has been named the inaugural editor-in-chief of SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO), a new publication that focuses on the best of undergraduate research in applied and computational mathematics. In January 2009, Dean Turner also took the position of SIAM vice president for education.
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Steve J. Yianoukos '72
Steve J. Yianoukos '72  

Steve Yianoukos was named Clarkson University’s director of athletics in August 2005. The Potsdam, New York native, who became the University’s eighth athletic director, has been actively involved with Clarkson’s Department of Physical Education, Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation since his undergraduate days at the University in the early 1970s.

Yianoukos served as the associate director of athletics since 1997 and before that was the executive officer of Physical Education/Recreation from 1984 to 1997. Yianoukos has overseen Clarkson’s Division III athletics programs, managed all home Division III athletic contests, monitored NCAA/Liberty League institutional policies and sports guidelines, and led fund-raising initiatives for the department, including the Green and Gold Club, Athletic Annual Fund, Athletic Hall of Fame and the Athletic Alumni Council.

Yianoukos graduated from Clarkson in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management. He served as the facility manager for the Town of Potsdam’s Pine Street Arena from 1972-1977 and was named the town’s recreation director/facility manager in 1977. Yianoukos also worked as a Zamboni driver in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. He is involved in numerous local professional and civic organizations.

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Kelly O. Chezum    
Kelly O. Chezum   Appointed by President Collins in 2003 to lead a comprehensive integrated marketing and long-range planning initiative, Kelly O. Chezum serves as vice president of External Relations at Clarkson University. With 20 years of experience as a creative marketing professional and administrator in the public, private and government sectors, Dr. Chezum has oversight of Web and publication development, board relations and governance issues, media and public relations, special projects and events, and strategic planning and communications. On behalf of the University, she also commits her energy to economic development initiatives advancing the quality of life in the North Country as well as to several national committees and regular speaking engagements for the Association of Governing Boards, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Association of Independent Technological Universities. Dr. Chezum was the director of Corporate & Foundation Relations during the last campaign for Clarkson where she made numerous alumni and partner connections and collaborated with faculty and staff to raise more than $77 million in private support. She did her undergraduate studies in marketing and communications at Carroll University, is a graduate of Clarkson's M.B.A. program, and holds a doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University.
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Patrick Roche
Patrick Roche  

Patrick Roche is vice president for development & alumni relations at Clarkson University. Throughout his career, Mr. Roche has specialized in roles combining management and strategy. He brings to Clarkson more than a decade of corporate experience in large and small organizations, ranging from dotcoms to multinational corporations.  After switching career fields to advancement, Mr. Roche served in a variety of roles at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Claremont McKenna College (CMC).  Notably, while serving as associate vice president for development and external relations at CMC, he led efforts to successfully complete the $600 million dollar Campaign for CMC, a record amount for a liberal arts college.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., Mr. Roche is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.

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