A veteran journalist will take over as director of Student Publications at WKU on July 1.
Charles “Chuck” Clark, managing editor of the Birmingham, Ala., News, will succeed Bob Adams, who is retiring after 44 years at WKU. The Office of Student Publications is home to the College Heights Herald, wkuherald.com and the Talisman.
“Chuck Clark is an experienced and highly-regarded journalist who is passionately student focused,” said Richard C. Miller, WKU’s vice provost and chief diversity officer. “His focus on providing a technologically oriented educational component to Student Publications will provide added value to the WKU experience.”
Clark has journalism and management experience at all levels. Before joining The Birmingham News as assistant managing editor in 2006, he was city editor, national/foreign editor and news editor at the Orlando Sentinel from 2001-2006. He also has been an editor at The Indianapolis Star, The Courier-Journal, The Charlotte Observer and The Tennessean. He started as reporter at The Gleaner in Henderson after graduating from WKU in 1983 then moved to The Evansville Courier and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be joining WKU and leading our incredible student publications,” Clark said. “Thanks to leadership of Bob Adams, the talents of our students and the terrific professional staff in the Office of Student Publications, the College Heights Herald, the Talisman and wkuherald.com are three of the most honored platforms in college journalism. Mr. A has been a wonderful mentor to me, both when I was a student at WKU and since, and while no one can fill his shoes, I will to work every day to make sure that the legacy of excellence at Student Publications continues. I can’t wait to return to The Hill!”
Clark is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of News Design. He is on the professional advisory committee for WKU’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting and the WKU Alumni Association national board of directors and led the alumni campaign that raised more than $1 million to build the Adams-Whitaker Student Publications Center at WKU.
Adams is a WKU graduate and joined the university as Herald adviser in 1968. He became director of Student Publications in 1990. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2005.
Contact: Student Publications, (270) 745-2653.