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FAYETTEVILLE -- Dennis T. Clark has been named the next dean of University of Arkansas libraries.

Clark, 47, will begin Aug. 1 after working at the University of Virginia as part of the senior administrative group for libraries since last year.

Previously, he worked at Virginia Commonwealth University as the associate university librarian for research and learning. Clark has also worked at Texas A&M University and Vanderbilt University.

Clark earned a bachelor's degree in music from Samford University in Alabama and a master's degree in information and library science from the University of Alabama.

In a talk at UA before his hire, Clark said he has experience related to campus library renovation projects. A partial renovation is planned for UA's main campus library, in part to create more study space for students, UA officials have said.

"The university's already made the decision that it doesn't need to be a book repository in the middle of campus. It can be something else in the middle of campus, and I think the challenge is trying to define what the campus thinks that looks like," Clark said.

Clark's salary will be $218,500, including an administrative stipend of $63,500, UA spokesman Mark Rushing said. Clark will replace Carolyn Allen, who was paid $206,751.

Allen will stay on at UA as a special assistant to the provost. Her salary has not been determined, Rushing said.

Metro on 05/26/2019

Print Headline: New library dean named at UA

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