The Broad College of Business sponsored the return of Michigan State University President Emeritus Clifton R. Wharton Jr. to campus as part of the World View Lecture Series. Wharton sat down with current MSU President Lou Anna Simon to reflect on Wharton’s legacies at the university, including his namesake, the Wharton Center for Performing Arts (named in 1982 for Wharton and his wife, Dolores).
Wharton’s life and careers have involved foreign economic development; leadership of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest university system in the nation; diplomatic service as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton; and his election as the first African American to become chairman and CEO of a major U.S. corporation.
This talk coincided with the publication of Wharton’s autobiography, Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer, by the MSU Press.
“Michigan State University has always embraced values and commitments to what a university is really created to be. With its profound generosity of spirit, MSU is open-minded and open-hearted while pursuing intellectual excellence. That is the transcendent soul of Michigan State,” Wharton said.
The World View Lecture Series was made possible in part by the MSU Office of the President, with support from the Broad College of Business, the College of Natural Science, the Honors College, and University Outreach and Engagement.
“We are proud and honored to support this series, as the entire community benefits from being able to host such lively conversations with people who have had such a positive impact on this campus and the world,” said Sanjay Gupta, Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business.