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Updated: May 2, 2022 / The Power 50 for 2022

2022 Power 50: David Fithian

Photo | Courtesy of Clark University David Fithian, president of Clark University, in Worcester
David Fithian Title President Organization Clark University, in Worcester Residence Worcester Colleges Clark University, Yale University Read all the 2020 Power 50 profiles here
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Since taking the reins of Worcester’s second-largest private college two years ago, David Fithian has aggressively expanded Clark University’s presence and character within the Worcester community, including in 2021 announcing a deal with the closing Becker College to absorb the design and technology department.

Fithian is committed to leveraging this new department to enlarge Clark’s STEM offerings, despite it being a liberal arts school. Fithian secured $100 million in capital markets financing, which will help with the college’s construction of a 70,000-square-foot academic building to house its new design and technology department. He also oversaw the ambitious purchase of a seven-acre vacant land parcel, the future of which has yet to be determined. Clark’s expansion academically and physically holds powerful promise for Worcester’s incoming workforce, as well as the development of the historically sidelined Main South neighborhood.

Fithian has shown a concrete commitment to racial diversity with $1 million set aside for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The last five individuals appointed to the university’s leadership team were all non-white, making nearly 60% of the school’s administration women and/or people of color.

What sets the Central Mass. business community apart from the rest of the world? We are fortunate to be located in and around Worcester, which is an endless source of innovation, inspiration, energy, and momentum. Worcester gives us the vibrancy of a major city, and the intimacy of a small town.

Clark at his core: I’m the first Clark president who is an alumnus, and I graduated in Clark’s centennial class.

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