Belk Center Welcomes Monica Clark as Deputy Director

The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research has announced that Monica Clark has joined the organization as deputy director. Clark is an accomplished industry professional who brings nearly 20 years of professional experience in executive leadership, education programming, grant development and public relations in both the non-profit and higher education sectors.

“Monica’s expertise in leadership development, program management and equitable student success and post-secondary access opportunities will bring a wealth of value to our work at the Belk Center,” said Audrey J. Jaeger, Ph.D., executive director of the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. “We are excited to have her join our team and bring her field perspective and knowledge to our leadership initiatives.”

As deputy director, Clark will be responsible for the development of leadership programming, operational plans and policies, and initiatives to support and expand community college diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Additionally, she will support human resources and organizational planning initiatives to determine growth and response strategies for the Belk Center, as the demand for services continues to increase in the future.

“I am honored to join the talented team at the Belk Center at this pivotal moment for North Carolina’s community colleges,” said Clark. “I look forward to supporting the system’s leaders to continue advancing student success and economic mobility in their communities.”

Prior to joining the Belk Center, Clark served as director for leadership initiatives at the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP). In this role, she managed leadership development programs preparing aspiring and sitting community college presidents to lead significant improvement in equitable outcomes for students.

In addition to her work at CEP, Clark was program director for the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, where she managed international exchanges for humanities scholars, advocated for higher education funding and administered programs and grants for a network of 24 Overseas Research Centers. In this role, she also developed international exchange programs for community college faculty.

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