Clark resigns as president of N.C. Wesleyan
BY AMELIA HARPER
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Only 10 days into a new three-year contract extension, Dewey Clark has resigned his post as president of N.C. Wesleyan College.
A statement sent out by the college late Monday confirmed that Clark, who has served at the helm of the college for five years, has stepped down effective immediately.
"On Monday, June 10th, the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Board of Trustees received and accepted President Dewey Clark’s resignation," the statement read. "The Board of Trustees and the college community appreciate the many accomplishments and milestones reached during Dr. Clark’s tenure, all of which have helped make Wesleyan the college it is today. After dedicating over 30 years of his life to Wesleyan as a student, employee, board of trustee member and president, Dr. Clark now wishes to explore other opportunities."
The announcement came as a surprise to many in the community. Within the past two weeks, Clark sat down for an interview with the Rocky Mount Telegram to discuss the progress made at the college over the first five years of his tenure and his plans for what he hoped to accomplish over the next three years since his contract had been renewed. That article was published on June 2, just eight days before Clark announced his immediate resignation.
In a May 31 interview, Dan Crocker, chairman of Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees, lauded Clark for his accomplishments and said these were the reasons the board had offered Clark a new three-year contract, which took effect June 1.
“His accomplishments include success in student enrollment. He has fostered a good relationship between the college, the Rocky Mount community and surrounding areas. He has worked to upgrade the physical plant and the campus at large. These are a few of his accomplishments which led the Board of Directors in January of this year to offer Dr. Clark a new three-year contract,” Crocker said.
On Monday, Crocker also commented on Clark's work ethic and said he wished him well.
"His love for the college is reflected in the improvements made on campus, just one of a number of successes. All the Wesleyan trustees wish Dr. Clark and his family the very best as he pursues other endeavors," Crocker said in the statement sent out by the college.
No other explanation was given for Clark's sudden decision to resign.
Evan Duff, who has been serving in the role of provost and senior vice president of academic affairs for the college, will now serve as its acting president.
"Dr. Duff has served Wesleyan over the last eight years in the capacities of vice president of adult and professional studies, interim provost and the college’s provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. Combined, he has over sixteen years of higher education experience," the statement from the college said.
Duff graduated with honors from Mount Olive College with a degree in business administration before earning a master’s degree in general administration from Central Michigan University and a doctorate of education degree in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Before joining the administrative staff at Wesleyan, Duff served in several administrative positions at the University of Mount Olive and Lenoir Community College.