Clark University President John Bassett has announced his future plans once he steps down in July of 2010. In a release put out by Clark, Bassett tells his plan to become President of Heritage University in Yakima, Washington. Acknowledging that he once said the last thing he would do would be to become a president of another college, he now says Heritage University’s uniqueness and “inspiring story” have changed his mind.
Bassett’s move will most likely entail more change that just taller mountains and stronger coffee. In the release, Bassett gives characteristics of the new college that seem to be on the opposite end of the spectrum from Clark. The majority of the students are from low-income families, many who are Latino farm workers, and most of them are first-generation college students.
Bassett ends his letter with sentiment for the Worcester school, writing, “As Kay and I try to make a difference there in the future, we will surely be guided by the values of Clark and by our positive experiences here; and we will always be part of Clark University!”