Professor Emeritus Rick Wright G’93 Honored for Military Service at Syracuse Basketball Game

Roosevelt “Rick” Wright G’93, a professor emeritus of television, radio and film, was honored for his military service during the Syracuse men’s basketball game Tuesday night against Florida State.

Wright was saluted at center court as the game’s Hometown Hero.

Wright holds the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy. He has served as a media consultant for the assistant secretary of the Navy, campus liaison officer for the U.S. Navy Recruiting Command and public affairs officer for various U.S. Navy activities, such as the Annual Great Lakes Cruise.

Wright has been named Campus Liaison Officer of the Year for the U.S. Navy, and has received three Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Wright, who became the first Black communications professor at Newhouse, was the first faculty advisor for the student-run radio station WJPZ and served as faculty manager for WAER. He was an invaluable resource for the thousands of students who took one of his classes.