Clarke A. Stroud, university vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at the University of Oklahoma, serves as the chief student affairs officer for OU campuses in Norman, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Arezzo-The Italian Center of the University of Oklahoma, a position he has held since 2000.
Working alongside President David L. Boren, Clarke’s role is to ensure co-curricular support for OU’s 30,000 students system wide. As an executive officer of the institution, Clarke is in daily contact with faculty, staff and most importantly students. Known for making caring connections with students, Clarke often can be found in the student union chatting with them over lunch or coffee.
As University Vice President, Clarke is responsible for approximately 1,500 employees reporting through 18 directors, and administering an annual budget of approximately $70 million. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Clarke regularly trains faculty and staff in cultural diversity through the OU Human Resource’s Foundations in Management Program. Further, he adjunct teaches a graduate level course for the OU Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education and teaches an OU University College seminar class each semester to new freshmen. In the spring of 2010 he was honored with the Outstanding Instructor for Freshmen Seminar award.
Clarke oversees strategic planning and assessment in all areas of the division of Student Affairs including, Housing and Food Services, Student Life, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Career Services, Fitness and Recreation, Leadership Development and Volunteerism, Student Conduct, Health Services, University Counseling Center, Women’s Outreach Center, Student Media, Health Sciences Center Student Affairs, OU Tulsa Student Affairs, and Student Affairs in Arezzo, Italy. He also is a member of the Graduation and Retention Task Force and the University’s Threat Assessment Committee. Bridging administrative responsibilities with student life requires a unique and eclectic skill set. Clarke is continually striving to improve campus life at OU, whether it is through advising student government leaders, holding regular meetings with representatives from different organizations or taking a resident adviser’s dormitory floor to dinner. Of the many hats worn by Clarke, his ability to connect with students, work side-by-side with them and form lasting relationships are his most enduring strengths.
Clarke has been on staff at the University of Oklahoma since 1992, serving as assistant director of Housing and Food Services, director of the Oklahoma Memorial Union and in his current position. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in adult and higher education, both from the University of Oklahoma. A frequently invited emcee, Clarke offers his humorous brand of presenting and fundraising to campus organizations and Norman charities. In 2008, Clarke was named the recipient of the $20,000 Otis Sullivant Award for Perceptivity at OU.
An active philanthropist, Clarke has served as a member of the Norman Rotary Club and on the Citizens Committee overseeing the construction of the Cleveland County jail. In April 2009, Clarke was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry to serve a seven-year term on the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA). The Authority is fully committed to the creative use of telecommunications technologies to deliver essential educational and public television programs and value-added services to enrich the quality of life for all Oklahoma citizens and children.
Over the past 15 years, Clarke has stewarded the community in a variety of ways including serving on the Cleveland County CASA board of directors, Second Chance Animal Sanctuary board of directors, coordinator of the Lincoln Elementary Watch D.O.G.S. program, Leadership Norman, as well as thrice serving as the co-coordinator of the United Way campaign for OU Norman campus, which raises more than $200,000 for United Way Norman each year. On a personal note, Clarke has been a member of a local improvisational comedy troupe and coached for the Norman Youth Soccer Association.
He is married to Robin Stroud, assistant vice president for OU Administration and Finance and doctoral candidate in the OU Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. The couple lives in Norman with their two children, McKenna and Callahan.