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UT Austin’s Charles A. Dana Center appoints program director for research and policy

The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin has selected Dr. Catherine P. Clark to fill the position of program director for research and policy.

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AUSTIN, Texas —The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin has selected Dr. Catherine P. Clark to fill the position of program director for research and policy.

Clark served as director of the Texas Center for Educational Research from 1991¬98. Her extensive background in policy and research spans 20 years. In addition, she is a widely published author of research and policy papers and has taught at the middle school and college levels. Clark holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and policy analysis from Stanford University, as well as an M.A. in education from Stanford University.

“Dr. Clark has a wonderful perspective on research and the ways in which it allows educators to improve student performance,” said Dr. Uri Treisman, Dana Center director and UT professor of mathematics. “She has the knowledge and the discipline to discern the questions that matter to the long-term health of the institutions that form the backbone of our educational system.”

In her new role, Clark will lead the Dana Center’s research and policy team in identifying broad research opportunities and in evaluating its projects. Additionally, she will provide leadership in determining what the big policy issues are in the state and the nation, in order to position the Dana Center to provide information to the Texas Legislature and other state and local policymakers.

“The Dana Center has a reputation for leadership and innovation in creating information, products and tools for educators,” Clark said. I am pleased to have the opportunity to develop and expand the program of research that the Dana Center will conduct.”