Clark University


Clark University invites nominations and applications for the position of President to succeed Dr. David Angel, who is retiring after a decade of distinguished service in the role.

Founded in 1887, Clark University ranks highly as a student-centered, liberal-arts-based research university committed to scholarship and inquiry that reflect its commitment to “challenge convention and change our world” and address issues that are of critical importance to society. Clark is located in Worcester, MA, New England’s second-largest city and home to nine distinct colleges and universities. Worcester has a vibrant cultural scene, which includes the world-class Worcester Art Museum, outstanding restaurants, a great nightlife, and is home to a number of sports teams. Clark educates approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 900 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.

Given Clark’s many strengths and unique capabilities – including its distinguished undergraduate college, specialized graduate research programs, urban location with strong and enduring ties to the community, and passionate faculty and staff – the next president will work to raise the University’s profile and more directly reach the students who will fit best within such a community. The president will also work to ensure Clark’s financial stability, engage and support a talented and capable team of administrative leaders, and develop and execute the University’s next strategic plan.

In addition to being a strategic and visionary thinker, the successful candidate will be dedicated to providing a personalized and broad liberal arts experience for undergraduates and a rigorous and research-focused experience for graduates. He/she/they will possess a clear understanding of how this combination of undergraduate and graduate education complement each other and contribute to Clark’s identity as a student-centered, research-based liberal arts institution. Passionate about the benefits of a close-knit and highly interdisciplinary learning environment, the next president will be an active and accessible member of the community, frequently interacting with constituencies both on campus and outside the University. An essential prerequisite for the position is the desire to engage in conversations about the future of higher education and to help raise Clark’s profile on both the national and international stages. The ideal candidate will have exceptional leadership and management skills, possess a record of transformative impact, clearly and visibly demonstrate a professional and personal commitment to diversity and inclusion, and will have a deep and successful history of securing and increasing financial resources.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is June 2020. For best consideration, please send all nominations, inquiries, and applications, electronically and in confidence, to:

Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Managing Partner

Anne Koellhoffer, Senior Associate  

For more information, please visit Clark University’s home page at

Clark University is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages members from historically underrepresented communities - inclusive of all women - to apply.