January 8, 2015

Todd Clark Appointed Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students


Todd Clark, who has student affairs experience at small liberal arts colleges as well as large universities, has been appointed vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Guilford College effective Jan. 26.

He has served in student and campus life leadership positions at Emory & Henry College in Virginia since 2008 – as associate dean of students since 2012 and assistant dean of students from 2008-12. He was director of residential life at Union College in New York from 2004-08. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech and Kansas State University.

“Todd brings student-centered enthusiasm to his work, an understanding of Guilford and our Core Values, and boundless energy to this position,” said President Jane Fernandes. “We look forward to Todd’s relationship-building skills and leadership as we strive to graduate students who are academically prepared, ethically sound, and equipped with strong moral compasses.”

A member of President Fernandes’ cabinet, Todd will provide leadership, vision and strategic direction for Student Affairs. Within the cabinet, student retention programs and outcomes will be his key priority. He will work carefully to ensure that co-curricular programs, and particularly residential components of them, are enhanced. Coordinating with other members of the cabinet, he will collaborate to improve the overall student experience.

Student Affairs includes 40 full- and part-time professionals in student leadership and engagement, new student programs, counseling, campus life, retention initiatives, intramurals, wellness programs, public safety, residential education and housing, and judicial affairs.

In his career, Todd has led student life areas including housing, student activities, diversity, intramural sports and judicial affairs. At Emory & Henry, he chaired a task force shepherding construction of two new residence halls and has experience as an administrative judicial hearing officer and a Title IX investigator.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and management at Virginia Tech and a master’s in college student personnel from Western Illinois University. In 2014, he earned a PhD in educational studies from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His doctoral dissertation is Impact of Urbanicity on Student Engagement at Small, Residential Liberal Arts Colleges.

Todd succeeds Aaron Fetrow, who became vice president of student affairs and dean of students at Roanoke College in August. Jennifer Agor has led Student Affairs at Guilford on an interim basis since Aaron’s departure.