The late George S. Dively was Chairman Emeritus of Harris Corporation which he joined in 1937. He served as President and/or Chairman for 27 years. From his early leadership and initiative, Harris Corporation grew from a small builder of printing presses to an international high technology producer of communications equipment, advanced electronic systems, semiconductors and an office equipment distribution network.
Mr. Dively was co-founder of “Cleveland Tomorrow” and the “Corporate 1% Program for Higher Education.” In 1971, he wrote the book, The Power of Professional Management. Mr. Dively was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
The Cleveland State University George S. Dively Award was established to recognize the importance of corporate leadership in urban development. Awards have been presented to the Ralston Purina Company, Pitney Bowes, Inc., Premier Industrial Corporation, the Mead Corporation, Capital Holding Corporation, and BP America.
Mr. Dively was a fellow and life member of the American Management Association and a director of Warner & Swasey Co. and Central National bank.
Before his death, Mr. Dively and his wife provided funds for the Conference Center that bears their name in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
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