Duke Leadership Academy Scholars Profile
Title: Associate Dean and Director Principle Gifts
Senior Management Area: Pratt School of Engineering
Class Year: 2012
William Christopher "Chris" Clarke is associate dean and
director of principal gifts for Duke University's Pratt
School of Engineering. The Pratt School raises
approximately $35 - 40 M a year in private support and is
currently in the midst of planning a $200M campaign in
support of the school's strategic research and educational
initiatives. Clarke was appointed to this position in
October 2004. Previously, he was the director of
development and leadership gifts for Purdue University's
School of Mechanical Engineering, where he led their $125
Prior to joining Mechanical Engineering, Clarke served
Purdue as the associate director of planned giving from
1997 to 2001, when he became the associate director of
development for major gifts. During 1999-2001, he served
as the development liaison for Purdue's Black Cultural
Center, one of the premier cultural centers in the nation.
An active member of CASE, he served as the conference
chair for the largest CASE district conference in the
country in Chicago, IL in 2001. He currently serves as a
member of CASE's southeastern region Board of Directors.
Clarke holds a master's degree in education administration
and a bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, and law
and society both from Purdue University. He is also
completing his doctorate in higher education
administration with a focus on institutional affinity and
the socialization elements influencing philanthropy.
In 2009, Clarke was the recipient of CASE's Crystal Apple
Award for excellence in Teaching.