Villanova School of Business Honors Dean Emeritus Alvin A. Clay with New Student Services Center

VILLANOVA, PA, 6 November 2007—Dean Emeritus Alvin A. Clay, along with his family, friends, colleagues, former students, current VSB Dean James Danko, and the entire Villanova community, will gather on November 12 to celebrate the opening of the new Clay Center at VSB.

The mission of the Clay Center at VSB is to provide undergraduate business students with comprehensive program services to support their academic, personal, and professional growth. The services provided by the Clay Center are designed to inform, support, and empower students throughout every stage of their academic experience at VSB. The center seeks to enable students to make sound decisions about issues that are important to them—including majors, minors, study abroad, curriculum requirements, student societies, academic support resources, internships, CoOps, professional networking, and preparing for future career options.

VSB Dean Emeritus Alvin A. Clay, for whom the center is named, is one of the most important leaders in VSB history. Dedicated alumnus, professor of accountancy, and dean for nearly 20 years, Dean Clay has had a tremendous impact on the advancement of VSB. Consistent with Dean Clay’s concern for the well-being, learning, and professional growth of all students, the goal of the Clay Center at VSB is to provide undergraduates with a complete program services center to call their own.

The establishment of the Clay Center at VSB was initiated by VSB alumnus and dean’s advisory council member Donald J. Musso ‘81, president of FinPro, Inc. Mr. Musso generously provided a lead gift to begin the center, and is one of many VSB alumni who cite Dean Clay as positively influencing their careers and lives.

VSB is ranked the #12 undergraduate business program in the nation by BusinessWeek, and serves over 2,500 students across its undergraduate and graduate business programs. The school is home to business research centers including the Institute for Research in Advanced Financial Technology, The Center for Global Leadership, the Center for the Study of Church Management, and the Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research. Founded in 1922, VSB is known for creativity and innovation, excellence in technology, hands-on and service learning opportunities, a strong liberal arts foundation, a firm grounding in ethics, and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens.

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