Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University, announced that Christina A. Clark, Ph.D., Arlington, Va., has been appointed by the board of trustees as the university’s new provost, effective July 1, 2020. In her new role as Marywood’s provost, Dr. Clark will serve as the chief academic officer of the University, providing leadership in all academic matters and working collaboratively with the deans, faculty, staff, and administration to further Marywood’s mission and vision. The provost reports directly to the president and acts for the president when she is unavailable.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Clark’s diverse expertise and experience serving as provost, and she is a welcome addition to our community,” said Sister Mary Persico. “I am especially impressed by her inclusive style of academic leadership and her willingness to embrace Marywood’s mission.”
Prior to her appointment at Marywood University, Dr. Clark served as Dean of the School of Design, Arts, and Humanities at Marymount University [Arlington, Va.], where she also was a tenured professor of literature and languages.
Previously, Dr. Clark served as director of the world literature program and the health administration and policy program at Creighton University [Omaha, Neb.], where she also chaired the Classical and Near Eastern Studies program and served as a professor. She has served internationally as an associate professor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies [Rome, Italy] and has taught in the United States at Iowa State University [Ames, Iowa]; Bowdoin College [New Brunswick, Maine]; Gustavus Adolphus College [St. Peter, Minn.]; Florida State University [Tallahassee, Fla.], and the University of Wisconsin-Madison [Madison, Wisc.].
Dr. Clark’s academic administration skills include strategic planning, program assessment, recruitment and retention, curricular development, shared governance, university advancement, partnership development, and grant writing, among other issues of critical focus in higher education. She has had extensive leadership development experience, particularly at Marymount and Creighton Universities. Most recently, she participated in Leadership Arlington and CASE Advanced Development for Deans and Academic Leaders.
Dr. Clark’s professional contributions and research include peer-reviewed books, book chapters, articles, papers, and reviews. Her professional specialty is in Ancient Greek and Latin and she reads Italian, French, and German. She is widely published and is currently working on scholarly projects in the Classics, including a book, Paler than Grass: Nonverbal Behavior in Early Greek and Roman Poetry.
Dr. Clark has been recognized for her accomplishments and contributions with the Gamma Phi Beta’s Shine (Teaching) Award at Creighton University and “Iggy” Award for Outstanding Freshmen Mentors, Role Models, and Advocates, also at Creighton. A member of the Eta Sigma Phi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, Dr. Clark also merited a Summer Faculty Research Fellowship at Creighton and the Nebraska International Languages Association Star Award, among other accolades.
Dr. Clark earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison [Madison, Wisc.]. She also holds a B.A. in Classics from Georgetown University [Washington, D.C.]. During her undergraduate education, Dr. Clark spent her junior year abroad at Trinity College [Dublin, Ireland].