Judith Brown Clark Appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Fitness Foundation |

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Head of Diversity Honors for Diversity Efforts and Sports Achievements

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Judith Brown Clark, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. Photograph by John Griffin.

Stony Brook University Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chair of Diversity Judith Brown Clark have been appointed to the Board of Directors for National Fitness Foundation. She will serve from 2022 to 2028. The appointment was announced by Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra. Brown-Clark was also voted on as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the next two years.

Brown-Clark’s appointment recognizes her exemplary leadership in promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion efforts in higher education. Her intellectual leadership and collaboration with numerous organizations, including grant funding and research institutions, are among the key attributes she brings to this appointment. In addition, Brown Clark has also had extraordinary achievements as an elite athlete, being a four-time NCAA track and field champion and a 1984 Olympic silver medalist in track and field.

“I can’t think of a better appointment, and I know firsthand how fortunate the National Fitness Foundation – and any other organization – to have Judith Brown-Clark among its leaders,” said Mauri McInnes, president of Stony Brook University. “As Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Judith Brown Clark has worked to set actionable goals for a fair, equitable, and humane campus community during a critical time.”

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to leverage my deep passion for education, health, politics and sport/physical activity to make a tangible change in the life and wellness of our nation,” said Brown-Clark.

Congress established the National Fitness Foundation in 2010 to collaborate with the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition (the President’s Council) and to identify strategic priorities to advance the purposes and functions of the President’s Council. The Foundation supports and advances the mission of the President’s Council by facilitating investments and partnerships that engage, educate, and empower all Americans to lead healthy, active lives. The Board of Directors, in particular, is responsible for providing overall strategic direction relating to the organization’s vision and mission, program scope, resource allocation, and investment philosophy. It also provides direction to the Executive Director of the Corporation to implement the operational agenda that achieves the objectives of the Board.

Regarding the recent appointment of National Fitness Council members, Xavier Becerra, HHS Secretary, said: “This group of experienced advisors will enable the National Fitness Foundation to take the next step in advancing our nation’s health through fitness and nutrition.” “These leaders will help shape the direction of the organization as it strives to advance the important mission of the President’s Council in supporting youth sports, health, and fitness initiatives.”

Brown-Clark reports directly to President McInnes and sits on the university’s senior leadership teams, including the President’s Cabinet, University Council, House of Vice Presidents, and Campus Climate. She has over seventeen years of experience working in senior management teams formulating strategic plans for diversity and creating infrastructures for global excellence and equity sustainability. This includes identifying accountability metrics that facilitate progress and using data- and evidence-based practices for decision-making.

Clark is adept at fostering open dialogues around challenging conversations with multiple constituencies through building trust, empowerment, and team building. It has a strong portfolio in grant funding, which is enhanced to increase resources for Stony Brook’s diversity initiatives. This includes her experience as a Principal Investigator (PI), Principal Co-Investigator, or Principal Team Investigator on multiple grant projects totaling more than $60 million. Clark demonstrated effective collection, analysis, problem solving, and predictive analytics processes using standardized metrics that align directly with the organization’s goals.

Clark is currently a member of the American Association of Public Colleges and Universities (AASCU) 2022 and Millennium Leadership Initiative Fellow, chair of the AAU CDO Steering Committee, and treasurer of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Harvard Advanced Leadership. Senior Fellow and Member of the External Advisory Committee of Three NSF-funded Science and Technology Centers (STC) – Cellular Construction Center (CCC), Oldest Ice Exploration Center (COLDEX) and Biocomputation Evolution Network (BEACON)

Clarke has also experienced major athletic success – she is a four-time college national champ, 12-time Big Ten champion, three-time Pan American Games gold medalist, 1984 Olympic silver medalist, and 1987 Sports Illustrated Woman of the Year.

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