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Lawrence Clark Named LSU Shreveport Chancellor

February 27, 2014

Larry ClarkBATON ROUGE - Lawrence "Larry" Clark has been selected as the next chancellor of LSU Shreveport, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander announced. Clark will begin as LSUS chancellor on July 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

"We are pleased to welcome Larry Clark as chancellor of LSU Shreveport and to the LSU leadership team," said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. "Dean Clark has extensive experience at numerous public universities as dean, including LSUS. We look forward to working with him in serving the educational and economic development needs of North Louisiana."

Clark is currently dean of the Cameron School of Business, University of North Carolina Wilmington. He earned the Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics/business administration from Knox College in Illinois and Master of Laws in Taxation from the DePaul University School of Law.

"It is a privilege to be able to return as chancellor of LSU Shreveport," Clark said. "I know and respect the LSUS mission, culture and journey - and that of the region. I am eager to begin building strong, innovative teams to grow the university and to more effectively serve both students and the communities of Northwest Louisiana."

Clark's career began as an instructor of business law at Northern Illinois University in 1974. He served as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Staff & Faculty from 1975-1978. From 1978-1981, he returned to Northern Illinois as an assistant professor of business law. He began at LSUS as a professor of business law in 1981, and chaired the Department of Management & Marketing from 1983-1985. He served as dean of the LSUS College of Business from 1985-1994 and dean of the Sonoma State University School of Business and professor of business law from 1994-2000, before becoming dean of the UNC Wilmington Cameron School of Business. At UNC Wilmington, the business school has become highly respected for its student mentoring and global business programs.

Clark, a native of Freeport, Ill., is active with AACSB International, the professional business school accreditation organization, in the peer review of other business schools. He has served on the AACSB candidacy and by-laws committees. He is an active member of the Southern Business Administration Association and is a member and former president of the Southwestern Business Dean's Association.
Clark has published a number of journal articles and books, including editions of "CPS Examination Review Series" and "Law and Business, Editions 1-4," which were McGraw-Hill's best-selling business law textbook series from 1986-1994. He was the first honoree of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's "Jay Stromgren Memorial Award," which honors the chamber's most valuable volunteer for economic development leadership and work.

Alexander expressed his thanks to the search committee and everyone who participated in the search process and provided feedback. He also thanked Paul Sisson for serving as interim chancellor of LSUS.

"Dr. Paul Sisson has done a wonderful job representing LSUS as interim chancellor," said Alexander. "His dedication and hard work has not gone un-noticed, and we will always be grateful for his commitment to this university. There are great things happening on the campus, and I look forward to what Larry Clark will do for the future of LSUS."

The chancellor search committee, chaired by David Gustavson, associate athletic director for development at LSUS, was comprised of a group of LSUS faculty, staff, students, alumni, members of the LSU Shreveport Foundation Board of Directors and members of the Shreveport-Bossier community at-large. Four finalists were invited to campus between Feb. 10 and 13 to meet with campus and community representatives and Alexander.

Clark will assume the role of chancellor during the beginning stage of many positive changes taking place at LSUS, including the recent launch of a new doctoral program, and the ability to offer classes in both the traditional setting as well as a more flexible eight-week accelerated format.

LSUS is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with 25 undergraduate degree programs and 11 master's degree programs. LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes, as well as more than 70 student organizations, that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community and students.
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