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J. Warren McClure was a World War II Navy veteran and former publisher and owner of the Burlington Free Press. He sold the newspaper to Gannett Co., where he later became the first president of marketing. McClure, who turned to philanthropy in retirement, and his wife, Lois, were important members of the RIT community. McClure served on the RIT board of trustees from 1973 until 1986, was an advisor to Saunders College of Business, and established the McClure Professorship in Marketing which includes lectures by marketing experts in the field.

Past J. Warren McClure Lecture Events

April 8, 2021 - Featuring Kevin O'Leary

The Cold Hard Truth with Mr. Wonderful

On April 8, 2021 Saunders College welcomed ABC's Shark Tank Kevin O'Leary, aka Mr. Wonderful, as the 11th J. Warren McClure Lecture Series keynote speaker! From appearing on a range of shows, including Discovery’s Project Earth, CBC’s Dragons’ Den, and ABC’s Shark Tank, Kevin O'Leary has launched O’Leary Financial Group, O'Leary Fine Wines and is the author of three number #1 best-selling books about the making, saving, and growing money. The McClure Lecture Series is provided through the McClure Professorship in Marketing. Supporting Saunders’ B.S. in marketing and MBA marketing concentration, the series invites the top experts in marketing to speak on campus at Saunders College of Business.

April 11, 2019 - Featuring Jeff Jarvis

Gasser Lecture Series-Jenny Fleiss

On April 11, 2019 Saunders College welcomed Jeff Jarvis as the keynote speaker for J. Warren McClure Lecture. Jarvis is the author of Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for NewsPublic Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and LiveWhat Would Google Do?, and the Kindle Single Gutenberg the Geek. He also blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com and cohosts the podcast This Week in Google. The McClure Lecture is provided through the McClure Professorship in Marketing, which invites the top experts in marketing to speak on campus at Saunders College of Business.

Check out the photo gallery to view pictures from the presentation.