The Expanding Role of the Dean in Higher-Ed Advancement

July 14, 2019

“Just about everything a dean does is directly related to advancement. Like when we hire the best faculty, we have to turn around and say, ‘We need to advance their work with support.’” – Cully Clark

In today’s podcast, Lighthouse Counsel President Jeff Jowdy speaks with E. Culpepper “Cully” Clark about advancement in institutions of higher education. Cully shares his experiences as dean of both the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Communications and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama, and how the role of “advancement” in higher education has changed over the years, eventually expanding to include fundraising.

This podcast answers questions such as:

  • How did institutional advancement in higher education come to include fundraising?
  • How important is it for the advancement and development team to engage donors and volunteers?
  • How has the role of the dean changed over the years in regard to advancement?


About our guest

E. Culpepper Clark is dean emeritus of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. A historian of the South since the Civil War, his published works have focused on the New South Movement and on civil rights. His book, “The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation's Last Stand at the University of Alabama,” was named a Notable Book by the New York Times Book Review. He also is a past dean of the College of Communications and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama.