2008: Tom Clark '72 - Distinguished Alumni Award for 2008

  • When Tom was a student at Susquehannock, he excelled academically, was a consistent honor roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, and was named “outstanding senior.” He also served as the business manager of the Calumet and was captain of the basketball and baseball teams. When not active in SHS activities or studying, Tom worked in the landmark family business, The Windy Hill Farm Dairy Bar in Shrewsbury.

    After graduation in 1972, Tom went to Virginia Tech where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. While a Hokie, he played baseball, was a class president, his fraternity’s National Man of the Year, an honor student, graduation speaker, active in all phases of student government, and represented the University as a student lobbyist to the Virginia state legislature.

    Following college, he earned an MBA at Harvard Business School and began a career on Wall Street with Morgan Stanley, eventually become a partner and managing director of its equity division responsible for, among other things, the firm’s global equity derivatives department, a $2 billion per year business with over 1,500 employees. Tom led Morgan Stanley to status as the world’s leading provider of these specialized services.

    In 2001, Tom left Morgan Stanley to begin another adventure as a self-employed venture capitalist. His successful businesses include a bank, a commercial finance company, an asset management company, a construction company, a motel, and a car dealership. His real pride, however, is his thoroughbred breeding operation in California, recently recognized as the number one farm of its kind in the Golden State.

    And in his “spare time,” he enjoys coaching girls and boys basketball and is active in AAU, with his teams often competing at the national level.

    Tom and his wife Nancy live in New York State and are the proud parents of four children: Caitlin who is a student at Marquette University, Meghan, a student at Wake Forest, and two sons, Andrew and Michael, in high school. He maintains roots in the area through his businesses and his sister Susie ’75, who married Greg Bowser ‘77, another Warrior.