Cleary University celebrates 130th anniversary with Founder’s Week events

Posted: September 17, 2013

HOWELL – Cleary University is celebrating its 130th anniversary Oct. 10-13 and the party includes something for just about everyone.

Events include: an Entrepreneur’s Forum featuring local business leaders, the Livingston Economic Club Luncheon, a community-wide picnic, intercollegiate athletics, a disc golf tournament and the dedication of a new mural by a world-renown Michigan artist.

“Cleary University is proud of its rich history and strong educational tradition,” said Tom Sullivan, president of Cleary. “I don’t think most people realize that Cleary has been around for 130 years. This is our way of celebrating our history and provides an introduction for those who may not know us.”

Some events are ticketed and some are free. All events are open to the public.

The Entrepreneur’s Forum kicked off Founder’s Week Oct. 10 at the Johnson Center.

“The Entrepreneur’s Forum is designed to share 21st century relevant information about what it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur in the region,” said Stewart Brannen, director of Cleary University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Topics covered included: The habits of highly successful entrepreneurs, visionary thinking, “Food, Mood and Cognition,” professional branding and strategic decision making.

The keynote speaker for the day was photographer and World War II author Robert H. Miller. Miller wrote “Hidden Hell: The Story of My Father’s POW Diary.” He co-authored “Portraits of Service.” Both books will be available for purchase and Miller will sign them. The Livingston Economic Club sponsors the event. For tickets, visit or call 517-586-3002.

Intercollegiate athletics will be featured as well. The Cleary University Golf Tri-Match is Friday, Oct. 11 at Chemung Hills in Howell and the Cleary University men’s soccer team closes out its inaugural season Saturday, Oct. 12 against Lawrence Tech at Page Field at 10 a.m. Both events are free.

Following the soccer game there will be a free community-wide picnic at the Johnson Center on the Livingston Campus from noon to 4 p.m. The picnic features free food, a hayride, games and dancing. The Cleary University Alumni Association will raffle a time-share in Cancun, Mexico.

The Cleary Student Veterans Association hosted a disc golf tournament at 2 p.m. on the Cleary University course.

The grand opening of the Arthur Secunda Museum at Cleary University concluded Founder’s Week activities, Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Johnson Center.

The celebration of the museum’s grand opening included the conveyance of the NASA gift “Earth from Space,” along with more than 40 additional pieces to the museum’s collection.

Cleary University ( is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-campus, specialized business university, committed to the betterment of society through the success of its alumni and their employers; to operate as a role model of responsible business practice; to embrace quality management principles, innovation, and an attentive customer focus; and to aspire to a better future.

Cleary’s mission is to provide a practical, application-based education, which equips students to advance their careers.