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Coast To Coast

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kristin Clark, OCC’s Vice President of Student Services, is Orange Coast College’s 2013-2014 Manager of the Year. It is the second time Clark has won the honor – she was named Manager of the Year by Coast District Management Association in 2006-2007.

“I was really surprised,” Clark said. “I honestly feel like there are more deserving managers.”

Clark’s tenure at OCC includes the oversight of various student services including admissions and records, assessment, veterans’ services, graduation, financial aid, health services, childcare services, special programs, student discipline, campus bookstore, Title IX, behavioral assessment and degree audit. Clark also held several other administrative positions in higher education including Registrar, Director of Admissions & Records and Dean of Enrollment Services.

Prior to her present position as vice president, Clark led district-wide projects including a student database conversion, the implementation of online student education plans, and the revision of board policies. She played a key role in developing the college’s governance and resource allocation procedures, which included the use of technology to improve inter-departmental communication and transparency.

Most recently, she secured funding to establish a Veterans Resource Center on the OCC campus. In an effort to address the specific needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life, she led initiatives that included partnering with local agencies to expand both mental health and other supplemental services. In addition, she supervised several student success grant projects and championed the expansion of just-in-time support services.

Clark holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master’s in Educational Technology, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She has co-authored white papers on student success, guest lectured on various leadership topics, and presented at international symposiums in Canada and Kazakhstan.

Her doctoral research examined California community college presidents’ leadership in the midst of fiscal crisis, and she has published a book based on her research titled, “Navigating California’s Stormy Seas.” Her research documented the various challenges California community colleges face during an economic downturn, and identified how the fiscal crisis is changing the role of the California community college president.