President's Office

Joanne BurrowsMeet the President

The Clarke University experience is about making an impact. Our treasured campus, outstanding programs and accessible faculty and staff empower students to take risks and accomplish the unimaginable.

Last fall we launched a new 2012-2017 Strategic Plan that seeks to advance Clarke University as "a vibrant, relevant and collaborative environment that creates career- and life-ready graduates." Many great things are happening at Clarke as a result of the plan's momentum.

Recent campus improvements include the Lingen Technology Commons, a technology-rich learning space for students and faculty that opened in the fall of 2012 and our state-of-the-art Center for Science Inquiry opened in August for the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.

As we strive to meet the needs of a demanding and developing workforce, we have expanded our academic curriculum to include a Master in Organizational Leadership, beginning in 2013, and a baccalaureate degree program in Food Science and a Master of Social Work, both beginning fall 2014.

Whether in the classroom or in the field, faculty and students engage each other in challenging and exciting learning opportunities that build skills, expand knowledge and widen perspectives. Our graduates make an impact in their places of employment and the communities in which they live. They are leaders and contributors in companies large and small, health care agencies and schools near and far. Whether teaching as a Fulbright scholar in Spain, triaging in a busy ER, winning international music composition competitions, or leading security efforts for a global IT giant, Clarke grads leave an impression wherever they go.

As you explore our website and learn more about all Clarke has to offer, I hope you will take the time to make a campus visit. I am confident the moment you step on campus, you will feel the impact of Clarke.


Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D.

Winter 2013

  • Graduate Degree Programs
  • Golf Classic 2014
  • Clarke Academy Summer Camps and Academies