Dr. Jane Clark '68
Dr. Lynn Parsons
Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Jane Clark, PhD, is dean of the University of Maryland, College Park’s School of Public Health and a professor of kinesiology. She graduated from The College at Brockport in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education.
Her research has focused on the development of motor skills in young children, with an emphasis on those with movement difficulties. Her drive to help children develop the competence and confidence necessary to be physically active throughout their lives is inspirational, particularly to us at Brockport—where we feature a premier adapted physical education program. Dr. Clark has edited seven books, written 25 book chapters, published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, and has presented professional papers at conferences around the world. She is the founding editor of Kinesiology Review and sits on the editorial board of multiple journals.
Dr. Clark is an active scholar, having secured nearly $3 million in grants from organizations that include the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She has also served as a reviewer of grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Clark has served as a consultant for a variety of different organizations and corporations, including Kellogg’s, Gerber Foods and the Dannon Institute. She has taken on a leadership role in a number of her professional organizations, including the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
Lynn Parsons, PhD, is a professor emeritus at The College at Brockport, where he served for 34 years. Dr. Parsons received his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and his PhD in history from the Johns Hopkins University.
During his time at Brockport, Dr. Parsons served as president of the Faculty Senate twice and chair of the Department of History twice. He was one of the principal organizers of Brockport’s Overseas London Program and was the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that funded a year-long community commemoration of the 50th anniversary of America’s entry into World War II. He is a recipient of the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and has been recognized by the State University of New York for his research and scholarship, primarily in the area of early American history.
Dr. Parsons has been interviewed by C-SPAN as part of its “American Presidents” series, and in 2004 he chaired a nationally televised session of the American Historical Association, which was also broadcast by C-SPAN. Following his retirement, he was appointed to the Speaker and Specialist Program by the U.S. State Department. In 2008, he was elected a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
His published works include a biography of John Quincy Adams (1998), The Birth of Modern Politics (2009) and several scholarly articles and lectures. His most recent book, Missions and Meeting Houses, Chapels and Churches (2012), is a study of history in the religious communities in Castine, Maine, where he and his wife Anne H. Parsons ’82 now live. Their two sons, Christopher and Jonathan, are also Brockport graduates.