Clark University Names Liberal Arts Education Innovator Its Ninth President

Dec 30, 2009, 12:09 ET from Clark University

WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- David P. Angel, Clark University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will become the next president of the University, William S. Mosakowski , Chairman of the Board of Trustees announced today (Dec. 30).

Clark University's Board of Trustees unanimously selected Angel -- a seasoned academic administrator, expert in sustainability science, and one of the primary architects of Clark's Liberal Education and Effective Practice initiative -- to succeed President John Bassett, who will leave Clark in July to become president of Heritage University in Washington State.

"Clark University is a special place where faculty engage in cutting-edge scholarship and meaningful research that empower action on critical human concerns and where students are distinctively enabled to pursue their passion in the world," said Angel, who holds academic appointments as professor of geography and Leo L. and Joan Kraft Laskoff Professor of Economics, Technology and the Environment. "I look forward to building on these great strengths in ways that elevate the visibility, reputation and impact of Clark University in our community, across the country, and around the world."

Angel, who came to Clark in 1987, has served as Clark's provost since 2003, overseeing undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as admissions, student affairs, sponsored research, and University libraries. During his tenure, Clark has strengthened its undergraduate programs, raised the research and graduate profile of the University, and invested in new academic facilities.

Angel received his Ph.D. at UCLA. As a pioneering researcher on industrial environmentalism and clean technologies, he has helped steer Clark's many innovations in campus sustainability. He is a key architect of the University's Climate Action Plan, Clark's commitment to eliminate campus greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.

Angel's numerous grants and awards include an Abe Fellowship from the Center for Global Partnership in conjunction with the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies. His research includes work conducted for the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He has consulted widely for public and private organizations around the world. Published books include "Industrial Development in the Developing World" (with Michael T. Rock, 2005, Oxford University Press).

SOURCE Clark University