11/08/2013 08:40 AM
BATON ROUGE – Nancy Clark, Roger Hadfield Ogden Dean of the LSU Honors College and
professor of history, has decided to step down as dean and return to scholarship and
teaching, effective July 1, 2014. LSU will begin a national search for a new dean
of the Honors College.
“The support the Honors College has received from the university has made possible
the expansion of the program, the continuing recruitment of outstanding students to
LSU, and the increasing excellence of our graduates as evidenced by the numerous postgraduate
awards they have received,” Clark said. “It has been a great pleasure for me to be
associated with these students and a great honor to lead these efforts.”
Clark, who received her Ph.D. in African history from Yale University, arrived at
LSU in 2003 and has served 10 years as dean of the Honors College. She received her
bachelor’s and master degrees from UCLA. Before coming to LSU, she held positions
as a professor of history and director of the University Honors Program at Cal Poly
Clark has published widely on topics in modern African history including three books,
“Manufacturing Apartheid” (Yale University Press), “Africa and the West” (Oxford University
Press) and “The Rise and Fall of Apartheid” (Pearson). She is currently working on
a study of the prelude to apartheid during World War II and plans to travel to South
Africa to continue her research.
Clark has encouraged students from all majors to take advantage of opportunities for
academic and professional growth that are available through the Honors College. Under
Clark’s leadership, the number of students in the Honors College has expanded with
more than 60 percent in STEM disciplines, the quality of students has increased with
entering freshmen averaging 31 on the ACT, and more than 90 students have earned prestigious
national awards over the past eight years. These successes have been possible through
the expansion of LSU Honors College student services, including specialized advising
for internships and volunteer opportunities, study abroad, postgraduate fellowships
and undergraduate research opportunities.
For more information on the LSU Honors College, visit www.honors.lsu.edu.
Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013