EWU names Clarke as VP of diversity

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CHENEY, Washington - Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan has named Shari Clarke, PhD, as the founding Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Eastern.

Clarke comes to EWU from Ohio University, where she has served as Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer since 2014.   "Eastern Washington University is uniquely poised to lead in the areas of diversity and inclusion based on the institution's visible commitment to inclusive excellence," said Clarke. "I am excited to be a part of President Cullinan's leadership team and to work in collaboration with the faculty, students, staff and community in moving a diversity agenda forward."

Over the past 25 years, Clarke has held leadership positions at Marshall University, the University of Nebraska, the University of Maine-Orono and Whitman College in Walla Walla.

"Dr. Clarke will be an excellent addition to Eastern's leadership team," said President Cullinan. "In all her roles, she has focused on creating diverse and inclusive learning communities and has worked collaboratively to advance diversity initiatives and expand opportunities for all students."

Clarke received her PhD in Educational Leadership and Higher Education at the University of Nebraska. She received her MA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and her BA from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee.  

She will begin work at EWU on Aug. 2.