This story was originally published on Feb. 21 (10:04 am) and was updated on Mar. 12 to include an interview with Dr. Karin Edwards.
On Feb. 21, 2020 Clark announced Karin Edwards as its new president. Dr. Sandra Fowler-Hill will remain the Interim President until summer quarter when she can help Dr. Edwards get started as the new College President.
Edwards said she feels Clark is in a place where people are looking to close one chapter and start another. and She looks forward to increasing the students’ chances to work and be successful.
In regards to the salary negotiations from earlier this quarter, Edwards feels that it’s important faculty and staff are in the best position possible to support the students.
Edwards felt that Sandra Fowler-Hill did a good job over her year of presidency, that she came into a situation with several challenges, brought some awareness and understanding among students, faculty and staff.
Edwards also receives Weeklies from Fowler-Hill about things going at Clark, and having that information will be important when she starts at Clark.
On her first day, she looks forward to getting a thorough tour of the staff and college and getting to understanding the people and culture of Clark College.
“The foundation is so strong, the commitment to students and their success” Edwards said.
Former president Bob Knight announced in January 2019 that he would retire in August and left Clark to search for a new president. In May, the college hired a private firm to investigate Knight due to micro-aggressively sexist and racist comments. In November, the Board of Trustees acknowledged four violations of the Clark College Non-Discrimination Policy.
Over the course of the current academic year the College started its presidential search. By Feb. 1, they were down to three candidates.
During this presidential search, Clark instructors negotiated with Clark officials in hopes of a fairer salary. In early January, they decided to go on strike. Three days later, the faculty union voted in favor of a salary agreement with the college administration.
The vote came after more than 15 months of negotiations and provided full time instructors with a 10% raise, and part time instructors wages will be tied to them.
On Feb. 7, Interim President Sandra Fowler-Hill informed the college community through email that the College is planning to cut 7-8% from its budget for next fiscal year, which starts July 1.