Carolyn Clark, WSU Spokane, state director of the Small Business
Development Center, has won the Association for Faculty Women’s Samuel H.
Smith Leadership Award.
The fourth winner of the award, Clark has achieved several significant
“firsts” for women at Washington State University. She was an early member
of AFW and served as president from 1981-82.
Clark joined WSU’s Department of Economics in 1973. She taught macro
and monetary economics, receiving the Shell Undergraduate Teaching Award
for Economics in 1983 and 1989. She was awarded the Marian E. Smith Faculty
Achievement Award (formerly the Burlington Northern Award) in 1991.
In 1999, Clark moved to WSU-Spokane as the Small Business Development
Center (SBDC) director. Under her leadership, annual SBDC funding has grown
to $3.3 million. Its statewide network encompasses 10 new “remote” sites
linked through modernized telecommunications, 30 business counseling and
training centers in all parts of the state, and strong partnerships with
Western Washington University and almost two dozen community colleges.
In recognition of her innovative use of technology throughout the state,
Clark has been named chair of the National Association of Small Business
Development Centers Task Force on Technology Used to Deliver Services to
Small Businesses. At the state level, Gov. Gary Locke appointed her to the
Council of Economic Advisors in 2001. She was an ex-officio member of the
Governor’s Small Business Improvement Council from 1999 to 2002.
Other outstanding accomplishments include:
- Member of the President’s Committee for Special Projects in
Conjunction with the Association for Faculty Women, 1985-91. This committee
led the way to development of yearly salary equity reviews; a sexual harassment
policy and complaint system; a recruitment manual incorporating affirmative
action guidelines; a partner accommodation program; more direct and frequent
interaction between the president and the Commission on the Status of Women;
and restructuring of the Women’s Resource and Research Center.
- First woman to chair the Faculty Senate in 1993-94.
- WSU faculty representative to the state Legislature in 1994-99,
and chair of the Council of Faculty Representatives from 1997-99.