MAILED: Feb. 16, 2001
A longtime leader in professional higher education has been named dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Chancellor Donald Mash announced today that Dr. Mark Clark will assume his new responsibilities May 1, replacing interim dean Carol Klun.
Clark has been dean of the College of Education at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., since 1996. Northeastern is a public comprehensive university with an enrollment of 8,500 students. It offers the largest teacher preparation and certification program in Oklahoma and is the nations leading preparer of Native American teachers.
Dr. Clark has proven in past administrative positions that he understands professional programs and the importance of a strong liberal arts base for those programs, Mash said. He is committed to academic excellence, including the promotion of the scholarly and creative activities of faculty and students. We believe this is a very strong appointment, and we are enthusiastic about the proven leadership Dr. Clark will bring to the university.
Under Clarks leadership Northeasterns School of Education received accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and has emphasized reflective thinking, group learning strategies, multicultural and global perspectives and the integration of educational technology into the curriculum.
Clark said he is excited about the opportunity to be associated with UW-Eau Claire. The chance to be involved with the sense of quality and excellence I found at UW-Eau Claire and to contribute to that mission is the exciting part for me, he said. I look forward to the challenge and opportunity of interacting with the faculty, staff and students in the three schools and working together to enhance current programs and develop interdisciplinary efforts, in-service opportunities and other possibilities.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Clark received bachelor and master of arts degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in both colleges of Education and colleges of Arts and Sciences. His publications and scholarly presentations focus on minorities in graduate education, black athletes, cross-cultural behavior, fitness and stress management, alternative teacher certification, global and cultural awareness, and collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching. He actively supports faculty involvement in extramural grant development and is involved at state, regional and national levels in a number of professional organizations.
In addition to his experience as a dean of education, he has worked with other programs represented in UW-Eau Claires College of Professional Studies while serving in administrative positions, including assistant vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate and summer programs at Adams State College (Colo.) from 1992-96, dean in residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., from 1990-91, and assistant dean of the graduate school at the University of Northern Colorado from 1986-92.
The committee was impressed with Dr. Clarks commitment to the relationship between professional education and the liberal arts, said Dr. Sheila Smith, associate professor and chair of the adult health nursing department in the School of Nursing and chair of the Search and Screen Committee for Dean of the College of Professional Studies. In addition to his administrative experience, he brings an authentic commitment to students and projects a strong focus on academics and humanitarian values.
Provost Ronald Satz, who served as the founding dean of UW-Eau Claires College of Professional Studies, said Clark received strong endorsement from participants in the interview process, from colleagues in higher education and from educators throughout Oklahoma, and from administrators and faculty at universities in other states where he has been affiliated.
I believe Dr. Clark is well-qualified to lead the Education, Human Sciences and Services, and Nursing faculty, academic staff and students in our College of Professional Studies, Satz said. I am confident that under his leadership these schools and the College will move to the next level of excellence.
Satz also expressed his appreciation to Interim Dean Klun, who will return to her position as associate dean of the School of Human Sciences and Services, and to Interim Associate Dean Patricia Christopherson, who will return to her position as professor in the department of social work.
Clark will move to Eau Claire later this spring with his wife, Reiko, also a college administrator, who has worked in international education and student affairs. The couple has two daughters, Midori, age 25, a television newscaster in Pueblo, Colo., and Saori, 23, who is finishing up a year as a national consultant to the Alpha Phi sorority.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 16, 2001