Len Clark, a former academic dean, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Earlham College, has been appointed interim dean of the Earlham School of Religion.
Clark arrived at Earlham in 1967 as an assistant professor of philosophy. He earned tenure in 1974 and, beginning in 1981, became provost and academic dean. He was academic dean and vice president of academic affairs from 2006-07, before announcing his retirement.
“Len has extensive higher education experience and institutional knowledge and will be an asset to ESR during this time of transition,” Earlham President Anne Houtman said. “Even though he formally retired from higher education 13 years ago, Len has continued to make important contributions to Earlham, most notably as an emeritus professor and by introducing new faculty and conveners to consensus as practiced in our shared system of governance.”
In his long career at Earlham, he shared his expertise and passion for higher education through service on boards at the American Conference of Academic Deans, Great Lakes Colleges Association, Society for Values in Higher Education, Indiana Philosophical Association, and the Indiana Humanities Council.
In his retirement, Clark has continued working as a consultant, author and lecturer while serving on numerous boards and committees in Richmond and Wayne County. He is also a member of First English Lutheran Church in Richmond where he chairs the parish staff relations committee.
“I’m gratified to be able to return to Earlham in service to ESR,” Clark said. “Never has this country more needed the example of Quaker integrity, tolerance, and inclusive process of decision-making that Earlham represents. ESR has been and should continue to be a crucial part of that witness.”
The search for a permanent dean will begin later this year.
Indiana Key Club teams from Mooresville High School, Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis, Terre Haute South High School, Wawasee High School and Hobart High School were chosen this week for the top prize of $1,000 by a panel of judges and will begin projects this summer. Smaller grants were given to five other participating teams from Key Clubs in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan. Key Clubs are student-led organizations that encourage leadership by serving others.
“The proposals these students submitted were simply impressive,” said Michael Black, college partnerships manager for Earlham’s Office of Admissions. “With our long, shared history of engaging students with opportunities for character-building, leadership development, service and social activism, Earlham College and Key Club are natural partners to support positive change in our own backyard. These projects answer the call.”