The legacy of Clark Atlanta University and its School of Business Administration includes some of the most influential leaders in business history. From world-renowned scholars to innovative entrepreneurs, the School has long served as the source for future-forward business leadership for more than seven decades.
From the beginning, the CAU School of Business Administration has been led by forward-thinking educators, many of whom were among the nation’s first African Americans to earn advanced degrees in accounting, economics, and finance.
These trailblazers mentored generations of minority business leaders, conducted the country’s earliest research on black businesses, and led nationally acclaimed initiatives focused on the economic challenges facing the African American Community.
The Clark Atlanta University School of Business Administration has built a strong community of trailblazing business luminaries throughout its history. They are an illustrious group of alumni, educators, and entrepreneurs whose historic achievements reflect the School’s commitment to excellence.
Atlanta University’s First Valedictorian (1876)
First African American to serve Paymaster in the US Army (1898)
Founder of Citizens and Southern Bank & Trust Company,Philadelphia's first black-owned Trust Company (1921)
Founder of the National Bankers Association (1927)
Among the first graduates of Clark University’s Business College in 1884.
Founded Tennessee’s third African American medical school, the Chattanooga National Medical College, (1898-1904)
Founder, Cunningham & Sons, one of Atlanta’s first African American-owned real estate companies (1892)
Member, Clark University Board of Trustees (1908-1932)
Founder of Pace Phonograph Corporation and Black Swan Records, the first record label owned by an African American with wide distribution capabilities (1921).
Founder of the Northeastern Life Insurance Company the largest African-American-owned business in the North during the 1930s.
Chartered the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP in 1917 with Dr. Charles S. Johnson and fellow Alums: James Weldon Johnson (1894), Dr. Louis T. Wright (1911), and Walter Francis White (1916)
Clark University Alumnus who becomes the first known African American graduate of Harvard Business School in 1915.
Joins his father’s firm, Cunningham & Sons, one of Atlanta’s first African American-owned real estate companies in 1916.
Assoc. Professor who helped to build the Business Administration program at Bennett College
Served as executive assistant to Clark College President James P. Brawley (1943-1950)
Chair/Founder, Cummings Investment Holdings
EVP/Chief Administrative Officer, The Coca-Cola Company (2002-16)
Board Chair, Clark Atlanta University Board of Trustees (2013-2016)
Chief Executive and Executive Chairman, MTN Group, a pan-African and Middle Eastern mobile telecommunications company(2002-2011)
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