Senior Vice President Clarke leads a division of approximately 85 staff and has responsibility for systemwide communications and marketing, corporate and professional development, and Kent State’s award-winning public radio station, WKSU. She also collaborates closely with members of the External Relations and Development Committee of the Kent State University Board of Trustees. A member of the President’s Cabinet and the university’s senior leadership team, her role is instrumental in achieving the vision and priorities of the university’s six-year plan, A Strategic Roadmap to a Distinctive Kent State.
With more than 30 years of experience as a journalist, marketing strategist and communications leader, Clarke came to Kent State from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she served as vice president for strategic marketing and communications. Prior to that she served in similar roles at the University of Houston and the University of South Florida. In 2015, the American Marketing Association named Clarke its “National Higher Education Visionary Leader in Marketing.”
During her tenure at Temple, the university was elevated to the top tier of public research universities as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, surged 11 spots over four years in U.S. News & World Report rankings, achieved record-breaking philanthropic and alumni support, and developed a reputation for accountability, transparency and a laser focus on strategic goals and tangible progress.
A native of Florida, Clarke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and Spanish at the University of Florida and will soon complete a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Houston. She is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors to Higher Education, and Sigma Delta Chi Society of Professional Journalists.
Senior Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Affairs