Dr. Douglas Clark is Dean of the College of Business and Leadership (CBL,) a principal academic unit of Eastern University that brings together people, ideas and thoughtfully designed learning experiences to advance human flourishing inside and outside of enterprise. CBL serves a broad range of learners—traditional college-age students and aspiring professionals; place-based and virtually connected; in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and continuing studies—by helping them build the knowledge, skills and leadership traits required for fulfilling careers in the competitive marketplace and in service to others. CBL students are coached and challenged in the classroom and they go on to be difference makers in business, the social sector, and public service throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, across the U.S., and around the globe.
Dr. Clark came to Eastern as professor and inaugural dean of CBL in 2015. In addition, he oversees on-site operations of the University’s Center City and North Philadelphia locations. Previously, his career in higher education encompassed more than 15 years in faculty, administrative and senior leadership roles at Indiana Tech, Indiana Wesleyan University and National-Louis University. And prior to his entry into higher education, he was executive director for two non-profit organizations and a founding partner of a human resources consulting practice based in suburban Chicago.
Dean Clark is passionate about learning. His interests focus on entrepreneurial leadership, business innovation for social impact, the alignment of academic programming with the labor market’s demand for human capital, and the uses of emerging technology to support teaching and learning. He especially enjoys engaging with CBL students and past graduates regarding their coursework, personal development, and career goals; and directly supporting doctoral candidates through service on dissertation advisory committees. He has been and is currently active in service to the Eastern community, which among other roles entails appointments to the University’s Strategic Planning Council, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Curricular Renewal Task Force.
Dean Clark earned a doctorate in learning technologies from Pepperdine University, and he holds graduate degrees in business from Webster University and educational administration from National-Louis University. His scholarly contributions include direction of a federally funded research project about the potential of online learning; a principal role as co-developer of Aim4Excellence™, the pioneering online education platform and curriculum that undergirds a nationally recognized professional credential; and as project liaison to McKinsey & Company for its investigation of promising practices that featured his college in the 2012 white paper Winning by Degrees: The Strategies of Highly Productive Higher-Education Institutions.
Dr. Clark has contributed to research journals, academic books and professional publications. He has provided technical assistance to university system chancellors and their staffs as they aimed to boost college completion rates. He convened a national summit for the US Department of Health and Human Services to explore the potential innovations for supporting the professional development of the national early childhood workforce through distance learning, and advised the Office of Head Start in its efforts to increase teachers’ educational attainment via online education. He is active in a number of professional and civic networks and was named to the delegation of the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange in 2015 and 2017.
Doug and his wife Dianne are the proud parents of a grown son and his bride, and the doting grandparents of two.