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07-14-2007

Jamesson of Holland Receives Clarkson University's Top Alumni Honor

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- George Jamesson II of Holland, N.Y., senior vice president of engineering at Fisher-Price Toys Inc., has received the Golden Knight Award from his alma mater, Clarkson University. Presented each year during Reunion Weekend, Clarkson's most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson. jamesson-gk-2007

Jamesson graduated from Clarkson University in 1972 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

Jamesson began at Fisher-Price as an engineer-in-training in 1972 and was soon promoted to manager and then director in the 1980s. He was promoted to vice president of engineering in 1992 and to senior vice president of engineering the following year. Throughout his career at Fisher-Price, Jamesson has successfully managed engineering functions through many stages of the company's evolution, including its spin-off from the Quaker Oats Company, its time as an independent public corporation and its merger with Mattel.

In 2002, Jamesson was promoted to senior vice president of engineering and Mexico operations. Under his direction, Fisher-Price has introduced successful innovations to its product line and boosted quality to the company's products, especially the baby gear products that blend safety and comfort with the most innovative features. This new category of products is distinctively different from toys and seeks to equip new parents with everything that they need to care for their baby. Jamesson's contributions have been honored with the Mattel Chairman's Award as well as the Pathfinder Award, which recognizes individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to mentoring.

Since his graduation from Clarkson, Jamesson has volunteered his time to support class reunion activities and reunion giving. He also was a member of the alumni board of governors.

Jamesson is a member of the Buffalo Bicycling Club and is actively involved with the Buffalo Public Schools mentoring program, as well as the Buffalo Rotary Club and the South Wales Presbyterian Church.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, N.Y., is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive, but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

Photo caption: George Jamesson (center) receives the Golden Knight Award from Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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