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July 1, 2015

With the turning of the calendar came the opening of a new chapter in the history of Bridgewater State University. July 1 marks the start of Frederick Clark Jr.’s presidency. He is the 12th president in the institution’s 175-year history.

Mr. Clark succeeds Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, who served as president for 13 years.

“I am deeply and profoundly honored to have this opportunity at Bridgewater because the university has been such an important part of my life and my family’s life for the past three-plus decades,” Mr. Clark said.

Mr. Clark was born in Brockton, where he attended elementary school, before his family moved to Easton. He and four of his siblings attended what was then Bridgewater State College, as did his wife Carrie Kulick-Clark, ’85. Two of the couple’s sons attended Bridgewater, and a younger daughter intends to.

Since 2011, Mr. Clark has been the university’s executive vice president and vice president for external affairs. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and twice led the Council of Presidents of the Massachusetts State Universities. After graduating from Bridgewater and earning a law degree from Suffolk University, Mr. Clark served for 18 years as an aide to Congressman Joseph Moakley, where he played an instrumental role in obtaining a $10 million federal grant to build a technology center on campus.

Also in service to his alma mater, Mr. Clark has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees, and was co-chair of the institution’s first-ever public endowment fundraising effort that raised $10 million.

In November, the Board of Trustees, following an extensive six-month search, unanimously recommended Mr. Clark as the institution’s 12th president. Former President Dana Mohler-Faria called him “a true son of Bridgewater,” and said the selection of Mr. Clark as his successor was “a great day for Bridgewater State University.” (Story by David K. Wilson,’71, University News)

To read the full text from which this extract was taken, as well as other stories relating to BSU’s change in leadership and the institution’s 175th anniversary, visit the online version of the most recent edition of Bridgewater magazine.

President Frederick Clark Jr.