Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Rubinger to deliver 2024 Rikard Lecture April 30

The Hammack School of Business will welcome Atlanta Business Chronicle Publisher David Rubinger to Oglethorpe April 30 to deliver the 2024 Rikard Lecture in the Cousins Center Atrium.

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David Rubinger, president and publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Rubinger is an award-winning journalist and corporate communications executive who in 2015 returned to his roots at Atlanta Business Chronicle to become its market president and publisher. He oversees all facets of the media company, from editorial, advertising, circulation and events. The Chronicle, founded in 1978 and owned by American City Business Journals Inc. (ACBJ), is one of the largest business journals in the United States. ACBJ, owned by media company Advance, has business journals in 46 markets across the U.S.

Rubinger began his career in Atlanta as a reporter with The Chronicle in 1989. He later served as managing editor and editor until joining PR firm Ketchum in 1999. After Ketchum, he led global communications for Equifax. He then ran his own communications consulting firm for eight years before rejoining The Chronicle in his current role.

A native of New York City, Rubinger is a member of Leadership Atlanta Class of 2000 and the Rotary Club of Atlanta. He also serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Emory University Board of Visitors and Emory’s Center for Ethics. He is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT.

“Our students are graduating into a world awash in information — sometimes excellent and sometimes dubious. It is exciting for Hammack School students and friends to have access to David Rubinger’s professional experience and media savvy,” said Hammack School of Business Dean Stephen Craft. “The Rikard Lecture Series has featured some of the best and brightest minds in the city, and David is among those with his finger on the pulse of business in Atlanta.”

The Mack A. Rikard Lecture Series introduces students to current issues in business as presented by business and civic leaders who are recognized leaders in their professions. Established in 1991, it is named after the late Mack A. Rikard ’37, an Oglethorpe alumnus, honorary degree recipient, Athletic Hall of Fame member and Trustee Emeritus. Rikard was former president of Allied Products Company in Birmingham, Alabama, and a supporter of Oglethorpe athletics and student scholarships.

When Oglethorpe University relocated to Atlanta in 1870, it was one of the first institutions offering business and commerce courses in the U.S. Funded by a transformational gift from 1973 Oglethorpe alumnus and Atlanta business leader Q. William “Bill” Hammack, the Hammack School of Business, launched in fall of 2019, and represents the newest chapter in Oglethorpe’s innovative history of business education.

Learn more about the event on OU Connect.

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