Sue B. Clark has accepted the position as the WSU Tri-Cities interim vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Her appointment is effective Jan. 1 and will continue until Aug. 15, 2008. A search will be conducted for a permanent vice chancellor.

Clark is the chairperson of the WSU Department of Chemistry and is a chemistry professor. A leading researcher in her field, Clark serves on the National Research Council’s Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Sue in this leadership position at WSU Tri-Cities,” Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein said. “Dr. Clark is respected both within the university and in her field. She has a stellar reputation and is highly regarded internationally.”

Clark’s research focuses on the environmental chemistry of plutonium and other actinides, and development of radioanalytical methods to measure actinide elements in environmental samples. Her research efforts are supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology.

Prior to joining WSU in 1996, she was an assistant research ecologist at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (1992-1996) and senior scientist at Westinghouse Savannah River Company’s Savannah River Technology Center (1989-1992).

Clark is involved in numerous national and international service activities and has served as a consultant to the Nuclear Energy Agency of France, the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute and the Battelle Memorial Institute.
She has received several awards, including the Westinghouse Professorship (2000 to present), Ford Lecturer at Minnesota State University (2003), the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry(1998 – 2000), and the Young Faculty Achievement Award (1998-1999) in the College of Sciences at WSU. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.