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University of Arkansas Names New Library Dean

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The University of Arkansas Library system has named a new dean.

Dennis T. Clark will serve as the library system’s new dean, effective August 1. Clark is currently the associate university librarian for research, learning and spaces at the University of Virginia.

Clark is succeeding Carolyn Allen, who has served as the University Libraries dean since 2000. However, she will continue to serve as a Special Assistant to the Provost at U of A.

“I’m thrilled to be appointed as dean of libraries at the University of Arkansas,” Clark says. “This is a terrific moment to join faculty, staff and students in reimagining what a library can be for the flagship, land-grant university in Arkansas. It’s truly an honor to have been appointed, and I look forward to collaborating with the entire campus to support the mission of the university.”

In addition to his research background, Clark brings a background and expertise in overseeing library renovations. At the University of Virginia, Clark helped oversee the renovation of the university’s Alderman Library.

“Dennis Clark arrives to the University of Arkansas with an exceptional background in university library administration and with an energetic perspective on the future of university libraries,” Peter MacKeith, dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and chair of the university search committee, says. “The committee was impressed by his insights, his responsiveness, and his enthusiasm for the university and its academic libraries in a critical period of growth and transformation. I look forward to working with him as a colleague dean to address the priorities of the university and the state.”

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