What makes Manhattan's Times Square so spectacular? Some of the credit goes to a Wagner alumnus: Harry Coghlan '87, president and general manager of ClearChannel Outdoor, New York Division. This summer, thanks to Coghlan, Wagner students spent a day seeing firsthand the work of this international leader in outdoor advertising.
The meeting took place in the heart of Manhattan at ClearChannel's Spectacolor Division, which produces many of the displays that make Times Square and Las Vegas sparkle. Coghlan and other company executives led an interactive presentation, answering students' questions and sharing their career stories.
Two other Wagner alumni at the meeting — Bart Chinnici '86 M'01, vice president for strategic projects and initiatives, and Dennis McCaffery '06 M'07, financial analyst — demonstrate how the alumni network benefits Wagner students: McCaffery is one of dozens of Wagner interns Chinnici has hired during his career.
Following the meeting, Coghlan had a surprise for the students: Wagner College and the Wagner College Seahawks were featured on ClearChannel's Spectacolor HD screen on Times Square.
Wagner's connection to New York City is a “beautiful thing,” said Coghlan. “At Wagner, you're a part of the city, yet you feel like you're away from the city. There's that deep connection to it, where you can see it and be a part of it.”