West Virginia University Institute of Technology has announced the appointment of Dr. Nigel Clark to the position of Provost at WVU Tech and WVU Beckley.
Clark, the George B. Berry Chair of Engineering and professor at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Sciences at WVU, is a respected scholar in the fields of energy, alternative fuels, engines and emissions research with more than 500 technical papers in his publication catalog. He served on the WVU Board of Governors from 2009-2011 and for five years as the director of the WVU Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions. Clark chaired the University’s Strategic Planning Council in 2010.
“Nigel brings along with him decades of valuable experience as a scholar, researcher, faculty member, administrator and strategic planner. He has been a leader on every side of academia,” said Carolyn Long, campus president of WVU Tech and WVU Beckley.
“His experiences in the world and at WVU have proven in him a passion for lifelong learning. He’s also established a reputation for making sure students in his care are studying programs that are academically top-notch. Nigel is a perfect fit for this role, and we’re beyond proud to welcome him to the team,” she said.
At WVU Tech and WVU Beckley, Clark will oversee the maintenance and development of residential and online academic programs. He will also work with faculty on teaching methodologies, faculty development and institutional accreditation. Clark will collaborate with the main WVU campus in Morgantown on system-wide academic initiatives as well.
“WVU Tech has a long and storied history of helping students from around the world become polished and capable professionals. I’m honored to be a part of that story, and I look forward to working with faculty both to uphold that tradition of academic excellence and to enrich our programming,” said Clark.
“There is wonderful potential to advance educational success and economic development during this period of expansion and renewal in Southern West Virginia,” he said. “I’m excited to work within the close institutional culture WVU Tech has created here, and to continue working with professionally and educationally diverse faculty who take such a passionate interest in students.”