THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
OKLAHOMA CITY – The B.C. Clark Jr. Endowed Chair will be created at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business, funded by a $1 million bequest from Clark’s late wife, Jeroldine Zachritz Clark.
The Clark family, which owns B.C. Clark Jewelers, Oklahoma’s oldest jewelry store and the oldest retail store in the state under the same name and ownership, has longstanding ties to Oklahoma City University. B.C. Clark Jr., now 96-years-old, attended OCU and has maintained a close relationship with the university.
“The Clark family has shown a tremendous commitment to Oklahoma City University,” OCU President Tom McDaniel said. “We appreciate the time, effort and financial support the Clarks have given to foster academic excellence at OCU. Jeroldine Zachritz Clark’s legacy will benefit generations of students to come.”
B.C. Clark Jr.’s son, Jim Clark, said the Clark family is pleased to support the Meinders School of Business.
“We want to see students benefit from the academic opportunities and best business practices the Meinders School of Business has to offer,” Clark said. “Education is a very important factor and this is a cause that was close to Jerry’s heart. The Clark family is proud to be able to build upon the academic opportunities at OCU, and we are happy to fulfill Jerry’s wish to honor B.C. Clark Jr. in such a meaningful way.”
OCU Vice President for University Advancement Art Cotton said the B.C. Clark Jr. Chair will represent the values of the Clark family.
“For 117 years and four generations, B.C. Clark Jewelers has been a model company, proving that high business standards and old-fashioned hard work lead to success,” Cotton said. “These are values OCU instills in its students and we are pleased this new chair will bear Clark’s name.”
The gift brings Oklahoma City University’s $50 million Cradle of Dreams Campaign to $47.2 million.