Skip to content

Clark University Presidential Search Update

March 25, 2019: The Board of Trustees, in close collaboration with faculty leadership, has started the process of gathering input from the Clark community. This feedback will be used to develop a comprehensive profile of our next president.

jonas clark building

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are pleased to provide you with an update on the presidential search process and the steps that have been taken since President Angel announced that he will retire as president in June 2020.

During the past two months, the Board of Trustees, in close collaboration with faculty leadership, has started the process of gathering input from the Clark community. This feedback will be used to develop a comprehensive profile of our next President.

Obtaining your opinion is an important part of the search committee’s work. We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to share your perspectives and participate in the process. To that end, we have scheduled a series of on-campus listening sessions on April 2, as well as sessions with alumni and parent groups in several cities across the country.

We also invite you to provide input on the presidential search directly at presidentialsearch@clarku.edu. Although you should feel free to provide any relevant guidance, our discussions to date have generally been framed within the context of three questions:

  1. What are your aspirations for Clark University?
  2. What do you want our next president to achieve over the next five years?
  3. What are the qualities that you believe are the most important in order for the next president to be successful?

In addition, we are pleased to announce that we have retained Storbeck/Pimentel and Associates to assist with the recruitment of our next president. Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates is a woman- and minority-owned firm that specializes in higher education executive searches. They have extensive experience conducting presidential searches on behalf of selective liberal arts colleges, including Bates, Colby, Colorado, Davidson, Haverford, Kenyon, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Whitman. The Storbeck team will be led by Shelly Storbeck, co-founder and managing partner.

We will shortly launch a presidential search site for Clark. This site, clarku.edu/presidential-search, which will also be linked from the Clark University homepage (clarku.edu), will contain regularly updated information on the search process.

In May, we expect to name the members of the Presidential Search Committee and formally launch the presidential search process. Review of candidates will begin soon thereafter. In keeping with higher education best practices, the search for Clark’s next president will be a “closed search,” meaning that the identity of the candidates and finalists will be kept confidential throughout the process.

We greatly appreciate your contributions, as well as your commitment, to help us find the best person to serve as Clark’s 10th president.

Sincerely,

Steven Swain
Chair of Board of Trustees

Ross Gillman
Chair of Presidential Search