June 17, 2024

College of Business Honors Alumni, Welcomes Executive-in-Residence

Jennifer Clift '00

Jennifer Clift ’00

Several business leaders shaped by their University of Mary Washington educational experiences returned to campus last week as College of Business (COB) honorees.

At an evening ceremony Friday, Oct. 14, in the Cedric Rucker University Center, the COB inducted one alumna into its hall of fame, named three distinguished alumni and recognized three up-and-coming young alumni.

Jennifer Clift ’00 enters the COB Hall of Fame as senior scientific technical manager and chief technology officer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in King George County. An innovator and technology expert, she drives advancement of NSWCDD technical capabilities through investments, partnerships and education including academic partnering.

One of Clift’s favorite Mary Washington memories is her senior capstone project in a class taught by the late Gano Evans, in which she interviewed Southwest Airlines executives as part of an analysis of a successful business model. “It was a fun and rewarding experience, and provided many leadership lessons that I have carried with me throughout my career,” she recalled. Read more.