JARVIS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE KICKS OFF INAUGURAL ‘DR. MARC’S MASTERCLASS: ADVICE FROM THE PROS’ SPORTS, ENTERTAINMENT SPEAKER SERIES ON CAMPUS
(Hawkins, Texas) — Jarvis Christian College students will hear Wednesday from Boston Celtics Senior Vice President for Corporate Partnerships and Business Development Ted Dalton of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He will share his career advice on the sports and entertainment industry, the importance of networking and personal branding.
The event is the inaugural “Dr. Marc’s Masterclass: Advice from the Pros,” speaker series hosted by sports marketing pioneer Dr. Marc Williams, who serves as Jarvis Christian College assistant vice president for Innovation and Technology, assistant professor of business management and associate athletic director.
“When Dr. Williams asked me to speak to students at Jarvis Christian College, I did not hesitate to say yes,” Dalton said. “I am eager to share my experience as an executive of the Boston Celtics and provide insight into how these students could thrive in a professional sports organization.”
“I’ve known Marc for 25 years since our days together at UMass Amherst where we earned our graduate degrees in sports management,” Dalton said. “Marc has tirelessly dedicated his life to helping students realize their full potential beyond school. The “Advice from the Pros” speaker series is a dynamic way to equip the next generation with critical life-skills developed in conjunction with experts across multiple disciplines.”
Entering his 17th season in the NBA as a senior executive, Dalton is responsible for managing partnership sales and activation, community relations and business development. Recognized for innovative and a best-in-class approach to sponsorship by the sports marketing industry and the NBA, the Celtics were selected Professional Sports Team of the Year by the Sports Business Journal.
An economics and government graduate of Wesleyan University, Dalton earned a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts. Dalton currently serves as a board member for Wakefield Youth Lacrosse and the Head of the Charles.
CORE Magazine recently named Williams one of the top 100 Influential Black Leaders Today in the publication’s February 2022 issue. He also is one of the Top 25 Black Educators in Miami.
Williams and Dalton were classmates earning their master’s degrees in sports management at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Williams earned his doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction at West Virginia University.
“Ted is one of the most respected sports executives globally working for the most successful and winningest sports franchises in North America,” Williams said. “When I think about Jarvis Christian College celebrating 110 years of excellence this year, I think of the integral role the Celtics played in the Civil Rights movement that opened doors for Black athletes and Black head coaches. Ted and the Celtics continue to build on their legacy of Civil Rights. Ted is a man of integrity and the perfect person to share his knowledge with our students at Jarvis Christian College.”
Students from UCLA, Missouri State University, Prairie View A&M University and Texas Southern University are participating as invited guests.
“Dr. Williams is a powerful advocate for innovation in the entertainment industry,” said UCLA Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports Executive Director Jay Tucker. “Our students at UCLA Anderson School of Management look forward to participating in the upcoming speaker series with Ted Dalton. We extend our thanks to Dr. Williams and Jarvis Christian College for collaborating with us.”
Algerian Hart, associate dean of the graduate college at Missouri State University, said he also thanks Williams. “We appreciate Dr. Williams and Jarvis Christian College for providing our students access to this world-class networking opportunity,” Hart said.
Williams and ESPN Sports Center Anchor Jay Harris co-created the “Advice from the Pros” speaker series in 2009 at Indiana University.
Whether a student is a recent high school graduate or a working adult seeking career advancement, Jarvis develops students from a diverse population and all ages intellectually, socially, spiritually and personally. The Jarvis Promise provides them an opportunity to pursue an affordable education within an inclusive environment that is academically challenging yet supportive, nurturing and responsive to the needs of each student.