Terra Technology honors memory of Procter & Gamble’s Dick Clark with supply chain scholarship at Texas A&M Engineering

Photo of Richard A. “Dick” ClarkIn memory of the contributions of Richard A. “Dick” Clark, a leading forecaster in the supply chain industry, Texas A&M Engineering today announced that Terra Technology has committed $100,000 for an industrial distribution scholarship at Texas A&M University.

The gift, provided through the Texas A&M Foundation, establishes the Dick Clark Supply Chain Leadership and Character Scholarship to foster a new generation of supply chain leaders.

“We were saddened by the loss of a fellow Aggie. Dick Clark was a great visionary who established demand planning as a professional discipline and touched many lives around the world. He has been referred to as the Father of Demand Planning, and his influence went far beyond the walls of Procter & Gamble,” said Dr. F. Barry Lawrence, Leonard and Valerie Bruce Chair Professor and director of Texas A&M’s Industrial Distribution Program. The program is home to the Global Supply Chain Laboratory, which provides premier distribution and supply-chain research solutions to the industry.

“Through this scholarship, Terra Technology supports the education of supply chain professionals in Industrial Distribution. We are honored to carry on Mr. Clark’s passion and thankful that our students will be supported in his memory,” Lawrence said.

Ejikeme Obukwelu, a junior industrial distribution major from Houston, is the inaugural recipient of the Clark scholarship, which targets upperclassmen in the program.

“Mr. Clark was both a friend and mentor. I’ll always be grateful for his contributions and leadership both in forecasting and life,” said Robert F. Byrne, president and CEO of Terra Technology. “We are honored to continue the memory and legacy of Dick through this scholarship and pleased to partner with Texas A&M Engineering, an institution that is committed to educating and cultivating the next generation of supply chain leaders. Others wishing to donate in his memory are welcome to join with us in this tribute.”

Richard A. “Dick” Clark was the global process leader-demand planning at Procter & Gamble (P&G) at the time of his death Sept. 7, 2011. He was a 1976 industrial engineering graduate of Texas A&M and later earned an MBA at Xavier University’s School of Business Administration.

Clark joined P&G in 1976 as a manager in a packaging plant at St. Louis, Mo. He transferred to Cincinnati in 1986 as a supply planner, managing supply chain activities for the auto-dish business in North America, including four plants, power and liquid products and multiple suppliers. He coordinated key product launches including the initial launch of Cascade Liquid. Three years later he became demand manager and held a series of roles related to volume forecasting, sales and operations planning and supply chain planning.

Clark worked closely with software applications leaders Manugistics (resource planning and supply chain management) and SAP (forecasting and inventory management) to define P&G’s forecasting requirements. He led the development of standard work processes, measures and software solutions for demand planning that are used globally within the company today.

In January 2000 he advanced to global process leader-demand planning, with responsibilities for developing and sustaining demand planning capability for P&G globally, including work processes, measures and software solutions. He led a global network of leaders and experts that support demand planning activities around the world.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon, a 1977 horticulture graduate of Texas A&M, and one son, Bryan, an attorney in Chicago. Members of the Southwest Ohio A&M Club, the couple shared a love of music. As undergraduates at Texas A&M, Sharon was a member of Century Singers and Dick performed with the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. In recent years he participated in the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Additional donations should be directed to: Dick Clark Supply Chain Leadership and Character Scholarship, Attn: Jay Roberts, Texas A&M Engineering Development Office, 3126 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-3126, or 979.845.5113.

“We are very grateful to Terra Technology for their long-term scholarship commitment. Their generous gift will provide many deserving students with the opportunity for a first-class education at Texas A&M University,” said Roberts, director of development for engineering with the Texas A&M Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises major gifts and manages endowments for the sole benefit of Texas A&M University.

Industrial Distribution is one of five programs in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution. Graduates of the program are engineering professionals with expertise in supply chain management who help strengthen the productivity and profitability of distributors, wholesales and re-sellers of products used in the industrial manufacturing MRO (maintain, repair, overhaul) marketplace.