When Gary Labovich ’81 was preparing to join the Clark University Board of Trustees a few years ago, he asked David Angel what he could do to have a tangible impact on the institution. The president suggested that Labovich, an executive vice president at the prestigious consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, could best serve by contributing his expertise to ClarkCONNECT, the newly formed initiative linking alumni with students for mentorship and career exploration opportunities.
Labovich not only provides practical guidance to students, he also brings Booz Allen Hamilton to campus as an active talent recruiter, creating a pipeline for Clark students to secure prime internships and jobs with the company. To date, 10 students have found employment there.
“They’re doing great,” Labovich says. “Clark students are as good as students from anywhere.
“I feel very strongly about the importance of a liberal arts education,” he adds. “Even though I’m in tech, we’re always looking for people who can think creatively, who are adaptable and agile, and who can engage in productive relationships with people.”
After being away from Clark for many years, Labovich has relished the chance to reengage with his alma mater. He’s immersed himself in the mission of helping Clark students navigate their paths, and he isn’t shy about encouraging others to do the same.
“Clark is a small place that can have a big impact,” he says. “As alumni, we can talk to students, share what we know, and bring them in to work for our companies. I feel we owe that to Clark.”
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