- In response to continued and projected expansion of academic
programs at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KU officials
recently named the campus' current dean, Robert M. Clark, to
the new post of vice chancellor for the Edwards Campus.
"The Edwards Campus has witnessed phenomenal growth in the
past few years," Chancellor Robert Hemenway said. "That
growth, coupled with the university's commitment to continue
developing Edwards Campus programs to meet Greater Kansas City's
need for a highly trained, professional work force, demands this
change in administrative structure."
Dean of the Edwards Campus since 1997, Clark holds a doctorate
in educational administration from Syracuse University in New
York. He previously was dean of the School of Management at Rockhurst
University in Kansas City, Mo.
"Vice Chancellor Clark will lead an aggressive analysis
of how the Edwards campus can not only continue collaborating
with our nationally prominent academic programs on the Lawrence
campus and at the Medical Center but also develop academic programs
unique to the Edwards Campus and the region," Provost David
"A task force is looking at creation of a School of Information
Science and Technology. The University of Kansas is eager to
address the crucial need for information technology graduates
in the metropolitan area. We believe KU is in a position to offer
unparalleled academic opportunities for working adults."
The Edwards Campus is in the initial stages of a $71.2 million
expansion, which will add three buildings to the campus during
the next 10 years.