The Neighborhoods: Paul Glantz, Matt Simoncini among notable Wayne State alums
Happy Sesquicentennial, Wayne State! A look at some notable Detroit alums
by Jamilah Jackson
This year, my beloved alma mater, Wayne State University will be celebrating 150 years in the heart of Detroit. Originally founded as the Detroit Medical College, WSU has now become one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. A school this big is bound to be filled with greatness! Here’s a list of some awesome Warriors doing amazing things in the city (yes, I was tempted to add my own name).
Founder and Chairman of Emagine Entertainment Inc., Glantz received a B.S. in business accounting in 1980. In 2011, Glantz was named one of the first “Pillar Award” recipients from the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. The CPA helped grow the theater chain to 46 screens across two cities. (Bonus: From now until May, current WSU students, faculty and staff can catch a flick at any of the alum’s theater locations for discounted prices on specific dates. More details on that here.)
Another Mike Ilitch School of Business alum, Lear Corporation’s CFO earned his bachelors in accounting in 1985. As a leader at the Southfield-based company, Simoncini was instrumental in the opening of the $10 million Lear Innovation Center in downtown Detroit, which aims to develop new automotive and non-automotive business opportunities in collaboration with the College for Creative Studies (CCS) and WSU College of Engineering students. The 2011 Distinguished Alumnus recipient is currently in the running for Crain’s Newsmaker of the Year award.