Kristen Hodge-Clark, Ph.D.

HERS Board Vice Chair, Audit Committee Chair, Advancement Committee, Nominations & Governance Committee

Senior Assistant Dean for Program Planning
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

“An excerpt from the school hymnal for my alma mater, Spelman College, reads, we are “undaunted by the fight.” The spirit of that hymnal guided my college experience and my entire career and is what inspires me to continue the fight for equity and inclusivity for women of all backgrounds in higher education through my service to HERS as a new board member. That HERS has been around for nearly 50 years is a testament to its enduring fight and a signal of the indelible change it is creating in these spaces. I look forward to being a champion for change as a member of the board.”

Dr. Kristen N. Hodge-Clark serves as Senior Assistant Dean for program planning within Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. In this capacity, she oversees several strategic functions related to the development of new credit-bearing programs and collaborates with SCS leadership to implement a thorough program review process to constantly monitor the health of existing academic programs and to identify opportunities to improve, redirect, or close programs as needed.

In addition to this role, she also serves as an adjunct lecturer within SCS where she teaches courses for the certificate in educational policy and program evaluation. Prior to joining SCS, Dr. Hodge-Clark served as vice president for best practice and innovation with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). In this capacity, she directed AGB’s efforts to provide comprehensive innovative governance solutions and resources to member institutions through the development of programs, research, and digital tools. Under her leadership, AGB launched the Trustee Index, a national poll of trustees conducted by Gallup.

Dr. Hodge-Clark has authored several publications including her most recent reports, Taking the Pulse of Campus Climate and Strengthening HBCU Governance and Leadership. In addition to her position with SCS, she currently sits on the board of trustees for The College of St. Benedict. She holds a B.A. from Spelman College and a Ph.D. in American Studies with a concentration in higher education from the University of Maryland, College Park.