Dave Bing ’66, H’06

Photo: David Bing '66, H'06Dave Bing
Former mayor of Detroit, former NBA player, Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee

Bing will deliver the keynote address at the CBT gala, Saturday, September 16.

A native of Washington, D.C., Dave Bing earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Syracuse University in 1966 and was bestowed an honorary doctorate of laws degree in 2006. In 1987, he led the first Our Time Has Come (OTHC) Scholarship Campaign to raise $1 million to establish its endowed scholarships. It raised $1.2 million, and through the generosity of alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations, seven endowed scholarships were established. The David Bing Scholarship for Undergraduate African American and Latino students was first awarded in 1992–93.

An All-America basketball player in high school and college, Bing was drafted by the Detroit Pistons as their number one pick in 1966. He was voted one of the Top 50 basketball players of all time, and was inducted into the Michigan Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1990.

Following his successful athletic career, he founded an automotive supply corporation called the Bing Group in 1980, where he served as president and chairman until April 2009. It was recognized as one of the nation’s top minority-owned companies by Black Enterprise.

Bing entered public service in 2009, when he was elected the 62nd mayor of the City of Detroit in May 2009. He served as mayor from 2009–13.