President Knight highlights 80th Anniversary at State of the College Address

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President Knight, photo courtesy of Clark College.

Clark College President Robert K. Knight delivered his annual State of the College address today in Gaiser Student Center. As the college celebrates its 80th anniversary, President Knight talked about its recent accomplishments and highlighted the planning efforts that are underway for its future. Recent accomplishments Knight noted included:

  • Receiving funding for a new building on the main campus dedicated to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), scheduled to break ground in summer 2014;
  • Recent state approval for a $35 million satellite location in northern Clark County at a site still to be determined;
  • The success of the Clark College Foundation’s “Ensuring a Bright Future” fundraising campaign, which is predicted to reach its goal of $20 million in spring 2014;
  • The introduction of a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene, the first bachelor’s degree to be offered by the college;
  • The opening of a Veterans Resource Center on the main campus to help the college’s estimated 800 student veterans;
  • The continued development of a new Strategic Plan for the years 2015-2020;
  • New programs and opportunities for students to participate in cutting-edge learning in the automotive, aeronautics, and bioscience fields.

Knight acknowledged that Clark’s enrollment has decreased for the first time in recent years. “We expected that,” he said. “It’s a good thing, because it means that people are finding jobs. We expect enrollment to continue to go down a little bit.” Knight explained that administration and staff were already discussing how to manage the college’s enrollment to best serve students’ needs. “As long as I am president, we will never forget that the student comes first and is the only reason we have a job and the only reason we’re here,” he said. For more information about Clark College, visit www.clark.edu.