Nancy Clark to Step Down as Honors Dean, Nationwide Search to Take Place

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 State University.

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.

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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013