Clark University Installs David Angel, Ninth President

Sep 24, 2010, 12:00 ET from Clark University

WORCESTER, Mass., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- David P. Angel was formally installed as Clark University's ninth president during a public Presidential Inauguration, Sept. 24.

"At Clark we reaffirm the enduring value of liberal education as a powerful foundation for life, career, and citizenship," Angel said. "We have within our grasp the opportunity to make a lasting mark in American higher education at a most critical time for our country and our world."

The installation ( capped a week of inauguration events that celebrated the meaningful contributions that Clark alumni, faculty and students are making in the community and in the world:

  • Inaugural Symposium featured Clark scholars and alumni on sustainability, creativity and leadership, the global economy, and the recession's impact on families.
  • Performance by Blue Man Group arranged by Clark alumnus Matt Goldman '83, M.B.A. '84, BMG company co-founder.
  • Inaugural Dinner with R K. Pachauri, chair of the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC, guest speaker.

Angel assumed the Clark University presidency on July 1, succeeding John E. Bassett. With Angel's leadership, Clark is implementing innovative program changes to better prepare students with the intellectual, social and practical skills required to address complex challenges.

"Clark will put in place a new model of liberal education that combines the enduring benefits of rigorous liberal education with the development of a broader set of capacities of effective practice-capacities that powerfully and distinctively enable students to pursue their passion with purpose in the world," Angel continued.

"There is another call for leadership in our society today, namely, for research universities to be a renewed force for enabling solutions to society's most pressing problems. We will respond to this call by developing focused areas of research and graduate excellence that empower action on critical human concerns."

Trained in economic geography, Angel came to Clark in 1987 and was named provost in 2003. He received a B.A. at Cambridge University and his Ph.D. at UCLA.

Clark University, founded in 1887, is an innovative liberal arts-based research university. Clark's world-class faculty lead a community of creative thinkers and passionate doers and offer a range of expertise, particularly in the areas of psychology, geography, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. Clark's students, faculty and alumni embody the Clark motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.

Contact:  Jane Salerno, 508-793-7554,

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