Temple names Shari Clarke associate vice president of Student Affairs
From the onset of her career as a student affairs administrator, Shari Clarke has had a vested interest in helping students achieve their goals and perform to the best of their academic ability.
For more than a decade, she’s worked with several universities to establish educational settings where students are encouraged to take advantage of all their institutions have to offer.
As the new associate vice president of Student Affairs, Clarke said she is looking forward to working with Temple’s diverse student body.
“I was instantly attracted to Temple’s mission and the diverse student population that it serves,” Clarke said. “I am in awe of the students who attend this campus. They’re a dynamic group of young people who have great potential. I could tell that there was something great happening here, there’s an electric feeling on this campus, you can feel it permeate the entire environment.”
Clarke’s extensive background in student affairs will help her support the continued development of programs tailored to Temple students, said Theresa A. Powell, vice president of student affairs.
“We are excited to have Clarke join our team,” Powell said. “She has a real passion for higher education, and her background in diversity speaks to her ability to work with a wide range of students.”
As associate vice president, Clarke will oversee several Student Affairs departments including the Russell Conwell Center, Disability Resources and Services, Career Development Services, Tuttleman Counseling Services, the Temple Health Empowerment Office and the Office of International Services. She also is the liaison between the Division of Student Affairs and Student Health Services.
Before joining Temple, Clarke was vice president for student affairs at Mansfield University. Before that, she served as the special assistant to the president at the University of Nebraska, where her focus was on diversity and gender equality.
Prior to Nebraska, Clarke was a student retention assistant at the University of Toledo, and she began her career in student affairs as director of multicultural student affairs at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
Clarke holds a bachelor's degree from Lane College, a master's from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska.
When she’s not working with students, Clarke spends her free time reading “anything she can get her hands on” and exploring the history of Philadelphia with her husband and their 9-year-old son Iain.
Her oldest son, Austin, is a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University, Hazelton.
- Jazmyn Burton