Skip to content
David Fithian, Clark President

David Fithian ’87, the 10th President of Clark University

Clark University celebrates the appointment of David Fithian ’87, Ph.D., a proud alumnus and a distinguished leader in the world of higher education, as the 10th president in Clark’s 133-year history. With a profound appreciation for Clark’s rigorous scholarship, distinctive ethos, and transformative community partnerships, Dr. Fithian is primed to apply his impressive professional experience and personal vision to the mission of shaping the next stage of an institution that educated him and that he will now lead.

David Fithian

Read the Announcement

David Fithian, whose academic career began as a Clark University undergraduate and progressed to senior leadership roles at Harvard University and the University of Chicago, has been unanimously elected Clark’s 10th president by the Board of Trustees, Chair Ross Gillman ’81 has announced.

David Fithian in Audience

Browse Announcement Highlights

Watch the announcement, read David Fithian’s comments, and view images of this historic and celebratory day as Clark University welcomes our 10th president.

David Fithian

Enjoy Insights from Our Next President

David Fithian shares his thoughts about assuming the presidency, his confidence in Clark’s future, and Clark’s influence on him.

David Fithian holding clark flag

Read Comments from David Fithian’s Colleagues

David Fithian’s journey back to Clark University has included years of distinguished service at Harvard University and the University of Chicago. His colleagues from across academia express why Clark is fortunate to call him our next president.

View Welcome Messages for President-elect David Fithian

In the Media

Clark community welcomes next president

David Fithian ’87 offers the prospect of an even stronger Clark

Students greet Clark’s next president

David Fithian ’87 shares thoughts on his own Clark undergraduate experience

View All News Items