Beth Lingren Clark

Assistant Dean & Director of Orientation & First-Year Programs

Beth Lingren Clark oversees and supports those who manage the processes for Orientation, Welcome Week, Transfer initiatives and other first-year programs. She has worked on creating a common campus culture for assessment while developing an intentional assessment plan in an effort to identify transitional themes and issues to alter program content and messaging to impact student success and first-year retention. Beth and the OFYP staff are dedicated to serving the needs of first-year students and their families and ensuring a seamless transition to University life.

She also co-supervisors the Coordinator for the Transfer Student Experience and is the campus liaison for the Executive Director for NODA -the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education. Additionally, she supports the Office for Undergraduate in student success efforts including, New Student Convocation, International Academic Enhancement Fee Committee (Co-chair), Enrollment Strategy Task Force and Data Group, managing the first-year retention effort LEAVERS, among other things. Beth has served as an instructor for the College of Science and Engineering First-Year Experience course from 2011-2016.

She received her bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University, her Master's from Western Illinois University, and her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. She is a past recipient Outstanding Research award winner, has published material related to the orientation field and served as NODA President from 2013-2016.

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315 Coffman Memorial Union