Dick Clark Foundation donates $5 million towards renovations at Syracuse University
Clark's family, through the Dick Clark Foundation, donated $5 million to rebuild the studio on the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The renovation, which cost a total of $18 million, is scheduled to be finished in September of 2014.
When the studio was built in 1974, it was state of the art, but Dean Lorraine Branham says its now putting the journalism school's radio and television broadcasting programs at a "competitive disadvantage," the AP reports. The renovation is expected to make production studios and classroom space fully digital.
Clark graduated from Syracuse in 1951 before going on to host "American Bandstand" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve," among others.