William W. Clark steps down as director and phases into retirement

Today is an important milestone, but one that we celebrate with mixed emotions. As previously announced, William W. Clark, PhD is stepping down as Director of the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS), effective today as he phases toward retirement. He will be continuing on in his faculty role during the 2020-21 academic year to assist with the transition to new leadership, teaching, and continuing some existing research projects. Although we’ll be formally celebrating his illustrious career and retirement in the near future, we couldn’t let this day pass without acknowledging his innumerable contributions to PACS over his remarkable 45-year career. 

In 1975, Dr. Clark arrived at Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) with dreams of working alongside distinguished leaders in hearing and deafness research. Under the mentorship of Hallowell Davis, PhD, and later Don Calvert, PhD, he soon established his own successful research career. In the decades that followed, Dr. Clark fully dedicated his career not only to research, but also to education – and he developed quite a reputation from students for teaching through storytelling.  His responsibilities grew to include administration, and by 2003, he had directed the CID clinical, research, and graduate education programs.

Under his leadership, the CID graduate education programs formally transferred to the Washington University School of Medicine as PACS in 2003.  Today, PACS is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate programs that are flourishing, with a growing faculty and staff, full student cohorts, and a #6 ranking for its Audiology program by US News & World Report among the current highlights. As he transitions toward retirement, it is with overwhelming gratitude that we honor his contributions and unwavering support of PACS, its programs, and—above all else—its people. Quite simply, PACS would not exist today without Dr. Clark’s tireless efforts.

Moving forward, PACS will be directed by an established team that includes Heather Grantham, PhD (Director of Deaf Education Studies), Amanda Ortmann, PhD (Director of Audiology Studies), and Beth Elliott, MAT (Director of Finance & Academic Affairs).

Congratulations, Dr. Clark!