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Drexel LeBow Receives $100,000 Gift to Support PhD Programs

October 16, 2014

Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business has received a $100,000 gift for its PhD program from Margaret T. Clark, PhD, whose late husband, John J. Clark, PhD, created LeBow’s doctoral program in 1981.

The gift will support two annual awards to Drexel LeBow PhD students for the best research papers in behavioral and economics related fields of study, as well as one award for outstanding teaching by a doctoral student.

John J. Clark PhD

John J. Clark PhD

Today, Drexel LeBow enrolls 60 doctoral students who pursue either a PhD in business, with specialties in accounting, decision sciences, finance, marketing, organizational behavior or strategy; or a PhD in economics, with specializations in industrial organization, international trade, and macroeconomics.

The program has awarded nearly 200 doctoral degrees since its inception. Its graduates are on the faculty at institutions such as University City London, Michigan State University and Villanova University.

The winners of this year’s awards are:

  • Dr. John J. Clark Outstanding PhD Economics Research Paper Award: Tom Zylkin, School of Economics. Zylkin’s research interests focus on armed conflict and trade policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and English from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Dr. John J. Clark Outstanding PhD Behavioral Research Paper Award: Johnna Capitano, Department of Management. Capitano’s research interests are in leadership style, decision making and risk assessment. She holds an MBA from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree from Drexel LeBow.
  • Dr. John J. Clark and Dr. Margaret T. Clark Outstanding PhD Student Instructor Award: Jared Wilson, Department of Finance. Wilson teaches Introduction to Finance and the PhD Math Camp, and serves as a teaching assistant for classes on financial institutions, investment management and business forecasting. He holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration-finance and in economics from the University of Pittsburgh.

“This gift from Dr. Clark is a wonderful tribute to her late husband, and it will help Drexel LeBow recognize some of the best work among our PhD students year after year,” said Christopher Laincz, PhD, an associate professor of economics and director of the PhD program. “Together, the Clarks are responsible for creating and now sustaining our PhD program, and we are grateful for their commitment.”

John Clark received his PhD from New York University and served as chair and dean of the College of Business Administration at St. John’s University before becoming the Royal H. Gibson Sr. Professor of Business Administration and the director of Graduate Studies at Drexel, a position he held from 1969 to 1990. He also served as interim dean of Drexel’s business school.

Margaret Clark received her PhD from New York University and was an economist at Mobil Oil and a professor of finance at Villanova University.

Drexel LeBow’s PhD program develops successful academics who teach in well-regarded business programs across the country and regularly contribute research to a variety of academic journals. Drexel LeBow fully funds its doctoral students, an important investment for the College and University because it helps fulfill our mission to produce creative leaders for academia, government and industry.

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