Clarke to soon retire after 30 years


After serving Arkansas Tech University for more than 30 years, Linda Clark will retire as the director of the Academic Advising Center effective Monday.

A retirement to honor Clarke will take place 3-5 p.m. Friday in Doc Bryan Room 242.

Clarke said she will still find ways to serve Tech students through volunteering and taking part in campus events.

“As much as I love the student and the people at Tech, I’m simply ready to discover what life is like without a full-time job,” Clarke said.

She said she will miss the students, her co-workers, the feeling that she gets when she talks with a student and knowing that she can maybe help them with a problem.

Clarke said she enjoyed giving students a better understanding of why something has happened or giving them the assurance that someone really does care about them.

Clarke earned three degrees from Tech, including an Associate of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts and a Mater of Liberal Arts. She worked in the academic advising center since 1997 and has been the director since 1998. She also worked in the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of the Registrar and the Department of Mathematics.

From the influence of others in the Academic Advising Center and across campus, she said she learned the profound effect of kindness, compassion and what the willingness can make in all lives.

“All of my favorite memories are of the people I’ve met – their smiles, tears, compassion and kindness,” Clarke said. “Upon leaving Tech, I can only wish I could have done more for more students.”