Tim Cook is Clark College’s new vice president of instruction
Dr. Tim Cook is the new vice president of instruction at Clark College. He was selected following a nationwide search. Cook joined Clark in 1997 as a faculty counselor and has served as Counseling Department head and division chair of Behavioral Sciences since 2000. Cook served as acting dean of Student Success and Retention in 2006-2007 and was co-leader of the college’s successful accreditation self-study process in 2008. He had been serving as interim vice president since June 2011.
Cook has worked in higher education for 20 years, serving in community colleges during the past 15 years. He began his career as a student at Western Oregon State College (WOSC), where he served as student body president. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English at WOSC, Cook worked at a small liberal arts college outside of Chicago. Returning to the Pacific Northwest, he accepted a position at Lewis & Clark College, where he managed residence halls and provided career counseling while completing his M.A. in counseling psychology. He then worked in the Advising and Counseling Center at Mt. Hood Community College before joining Clark. In 2005, Cook completed his doctorate in higher education leadership, with an emphasis on community college leadership, at Oregon State University. His dissertation research involved the experiences of single fathers attending community college. During that time, he also completed a year-long internship with the Clark College Foundation.
Cook has been married for nearly 18 years to Paddy Cook, a kindergarten teacher. They have three children.