Briefing: To help launch alumni month, we interviewed MBA Alumni Chapter President Clark Simpson. Clark is the President and CEO of the Clark Group Associates, Inc., and was happy to share with us.
Q: What does the MBA Alumni Chapter do?
Clark: The MBA Alumni Chapter tries to uphold its constitution and mission, which is essentially to support the Falls School of Business, our stakeholders and our alumni.
(The official mission of the MBA Alumni Chapter is: to advance the interests and add significant value to the stakeholders of the Anderson University Falls School of Business MBA Program. The chapter’s official stakeholders include alums, current students, community, faculty, employers, Anderson University and prospective students.)
Q: What’s your favorite part of serving as the Alumni Chapter President?
Clark: I really enjoy networking and getting to know others. It’s not only a great opportunity, but a privilege interacting with our alumni. There are about 1,500 alumni in every discipline and profession, and I’m very interested in working with them. When you really get to know these people, they are amazing people doing great things.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge you face serving as the Alumni Chapter President?
Clark: There is a lot of disappointment in losing contact with our alumni. We don’t even know all of them from the earliest years, and we want to contact them. It’s just disappointing that there are great alumni out there and we don’t know who they are, where they are or what they’ve done.
Q: What types of things have our alumni done?
Clark: They’re in every field! For example, we have a lot of entrepreneurs. We have physicians and people who work in hospitals and with health care, we have international business leaders, government workers and leaders, people working in the music industry and manufacturing. These are just examples of where our alumni are working.
Q: Why should our alumni be active in the Alumni Chapter?
Clark: One of our greatest desires and purposes is to network, especially as we want to support the Falls School of Business. We all need each other for support, for ideas, for helping changing careers. The value of being in this chapter is really that connection.
Q: Alumni awards are coming up on June 9. What exactly is this?
Clark: Each year alumni are nominated and voted upon to be honored at the MBA graduation banquet. We do it then so the younger graduates can hopefully be inspired by the people who went before them. We honor a distinguished alumnus, entrepreneur, servant leader, international business leader, distinguished young professional and this year, a distinguished academic leader.