Office of the Dean
Valerie S. Ashby, Ph.D., Dean of Trinity College

Memo from the Dean - 6-20-2016 - Appointment of Chris Clarke as Senior Assistant VP for Development

June 20, 2016

Dear Colleagues in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences,
 
We are writing to share the news that Chris Clarke has been named the Senior Assistant Vice President for Trinity College and Graduate School Development within the Office of University Development at Duke.
 
Chris will begin his new role on August 1, 2016 after nearly 12 years at the Pratt School of Engineering, where he currently serves as Executive Director and Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations.
 
As all of you who have worked with him know, Chris has been an exceptionally strong leader and advocate for engineering and the sciences at Pratt and across Duke. He is uniquely talented in taking a concept for an academic or research program and creating a fundraising statement that effectively attracts philanthropic support. In collaboration with Pratt leadership, he has worked to build the school’s external funding to support key initiatives to grow the size and quality of its faculty and student population, increase its educational and research footprint, improve the school’s national and international rankings, and strengthen its collaborations both across the university and externally. During his tenure in Pratt, the school’s endowment has tripled from $120M in 2004 to over $360M in 2015. With a current average of nearly $30M in new gifts and commitments annually, Pratt completed its portion of the Duke Forward capital campaign nearly 22 months early, surpassing its original goal of $161.5M and setting a new benchmark of $200M by June 30, 2017.
 
In his new role, Chris will work closely with Dean Valerie Ashby to help drive fundraising priorities and strategies for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, including a comprehensive strategy for Trinity’s role in the emerging University-wide science initiative.  He will engage deeply with colleagues to ensure fundraising success for Duke’s interdisciplinary initiatives and priorities in the humanities and social sciences.  He will also supervise and provide guidance for the fundraising team overseeing The Graduate School and serve as a member of the University Development leadership team collaborating on overall development strategic planning, bringing his deep perspective of school and unit fundraising to bear.  Chris will continue his national and regional leadership in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Southeastern district.
 
Please join us in congratulating Chris on this well-deserved promotion.
 
 
Valerie Ashby
Dean, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
 
Stephen Bayer
Associate Vice President, University Development
 
Paula D. McClain
Dean, The Graduate School
 
George A. Truskey
Interim Dean, Pratt School of Engineering