Clifford D. Clark, 88, former president of Binghamton University, died Friday, Jan. 31, in Michigan. He joined the faculty at Binghamton in 1973 as a University professor, retiring in 1996. He was rehired shortly after and remained part-time on the faculty until 2000.
Appointed as the fourth president of Binghamton University in 1975, Clark championed the growth of graduate programs in selected areas, especially the sciences and professional schools. Considered a founder of the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, he also oversaw restructuring of several programs in the then-School of Education and Human Development and a major expansion of the Decker School of Nursing.
Clark also established the Harpur, now Binghamton University, Forum to bridge community-campus relationships.
A strong supporter of campus diversity, Clark worked for the statewide development of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), and provided support for the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.
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