President and Chief Executive Officer

Timothy F. Sugrue, Ph.D. was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2011 as Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries entered into a formal strategic alliance with Clarkson University.

Sugrue served as the Dean of Clarkson University's School of Business for over 13 years, during which time he successfully implemented several new traditional and online programs in Clarkson's School of Business. Under his watch, Clarkson University garnered high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for its graduate MBA program and earned Entrepreneur magazine’s distinction as one of the top 15 entrepreneurship programs in the nation.

Upon joining Beacon Institute, Sugrue immediately conceived and launched the Institute’s unique “River U” interdisciplinary summer program for undergraduates, as well as initiating a graduate program in engineering management that takes advantage of Beacon Institute’s Hudson River location and environmental mission.

Sugrue holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. He traces his Hudson Valley roots back to an undergraduate degree in engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he completed a thesis in river monitoring and competed as a member of the sailing team.

With an established research record in corporate finance, Sugrue also is an award-winning leader in graduate and undergraduate business education, and in developing and presenting professional and executive programs. Prior to joining Clarkson University, Sugrue was a professor of finance and senior associate dean at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and has taught on the faculty of West Virginia University and as an affiliate faculty member at both the United States Military Academy and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.