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Sharon W. Clark '74 Awarded Honorary Degree

Katie DuBoff - May 19, 2021

Sharon Woods Clark, a member of the Rosemont College Class of 1974, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters at Rosemont College’s Commencement ceremony on May 15.

Clark, of Summit, NJ, joined The Wallace Foundation in September 2004 and served as the Foundation’s Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant Secretary until her retirement in December 2020. The Wallace Foundation is a national foundation with assets of $1.75 billion, whose mission is to foster equity and improvements in learning and enrichment for young people, and in the arts for everyone. In her role, Clark was responsible for human resources, culture, information technology, grants administration, and office services.

Clark has served Rosemont as an alumna in many capacities. She was elected to the Rosemont College Board of Trustees in June 2007, following two years as an ex-officio member of the Board in her capacity as president of the Alumni Association. During her tenure on the Board of Trustees, Sharon served as chair of the Development Committee, chair of the Committee on Trustees, vice-chair of the Finance Committee, member of the Campaign for Rosemont Steering Committee, chair of the Cornerstone Committee, and contributed to various ad hoc working groups including leading the team that reviewed the College’s mission statement in 2016.

During her 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, Clark served as a committee chair, officer, and President. As President, she led a major effort to update the Association’s bylaws, expanded the leadership role of committees to strengthen the effectiveness of the Board, encouraged alumni community service projects, and introduced new alumni awards to broaden the Association’s reach and enhance alumni recognition.

Prior to joining the Wallace Foundation, Clark was partner and Executive Vice President of Work & Family Benefits, Inc., a company that marketed and delivered dependent care consultation and referral services as an employee benefit to small businesses. She worked for Exxon Corporation for 16 years, holding executive leadership positions in all disciplines of human resources in staff and line assignments at corporate headquarters and in several divisions. Clark began her career with Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York City as the human resources officer in the national division.  

In service to her community, Clark served for 10 years as President of the Youth Services Board in Summit, NJ, a city agency running an after-school center for middle school youth, was President of the Board for a community childcare resource and referral agency in Morris County, served on the Board of The Connection for Women and Families, and led the parish council at St. Teresa of Avila Church. She currently volunteers with First Tee, serves on Summit’s Community Programs Board, and co-chairs the Education/History subcommittee of Rosemont’s Centennial Committee. 

Clark holds a BA in English from Rosemont College and an MBA from Pace University, where she was in the first cohort of the Graduate Management Program for Women (GMPW), a select program fully funded by the Mellon Foundation. The alumnae of the GMPW were honored in 2013 with Pace University’s Innovator Award. She is an honorary trustee of Rosemont, and recipient of the 2010 Rosemont Service Award in Memory of Bonnie Hilferty Freney. Sharon and her husband, Kevin, have lived in Summit, NJ, for more than 30 years. With Kevin, she takes great joy in her family – Matthew and his wife Victoria, and Andrew.