STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford alumni Donald, ’56, and Sally Clark, ’59, have made a generous gift for the leadership and development programs that benefits all Cardinal student-athletes. Jacquelyn Kulgevich, Deputy Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success, serves as the inaugural Don and Sally Clark Director of Leadership and Development.
“We are incredibly grateful to Don and Sally for this gift, which supports our efforts to inspire champions in life,” said Bernard Muir, the Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics. “Stanford student-athletes are incredibly active members of the university community. This gift recognizes the multiple endeavors they pursue on campus and prepares them to become engaged citizens and leaders beyond the Farm.”
The leadership and development program is part of the athletics department’s Cardinal Strong initiative, which addresses student-athlete well-being as a holistic endeavor. The Don and Sally Clark Director of Leadership and Development works with the recently established DASH unit, which combines student-athlete development and academic services. DASH is comprised of professional advisors who specialize in supporting student-athletes as they find community both in and out of sport including individualized and group advising, educational programming, and comprehensive support of student-athlete led affinity groups.
“I am thrilled that our efforts to provide enriching opportunities for student-athletes beyond athletics and academics enjoy donor support,” said Kulgevich. “We are committed to providing a top-notch experience for every Cardinal student-athlete and this gift will enable our efforts far into the future.”
Both of the Clarks have a deep affinity for Stanford Athletics. Don Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1956; among his career highlights is his tenure as president and CEO of Clark & Trevithick, a Los Angeles law firm. He served as chair of the Stanford Athletics Board from 1989-1994. Sally, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1959, was also a member of the Stanford Athletics Board as well as a volunteer for the Buck/Cardinal Club.
“We are delighted to provide this gift to support student-athlete leadership and development,” said Don Clark. “Stanford continues to be a place where great leaders and citizens can develop and thrive, and we see this particularly in athletics.”