Clark State Community College has appointed Larry Wakefield to the position of vice president of business affairs. Wakefield has served twice as interim vice president of business affairs for Clark State since December of 2016.
“Larry is a very experienced chief fiscal officer and brings a wealth of knowledge to Clark State,” said Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State. “We are lucky to have Larry join Clark State’s team. He is familiar with our operations and knows how to capitalize on our strengths.”
As interim vice president of business affairs at Clark State, Wakefield has facilitated mid-year budget adjustments, submitted a balanced annual budget, initiated capital projects, and provided improved financial information to the board of trustees.
“My original idea upon ‘semi-retirement’ was to work part-time at assignments that would interest me, challenge me and take advantage of my experience and skill set,” said Wakefield. “Clark State has been a good match.”
Wakefield grew up and attended college in Knoxville, Tennessee. He spent most of his career in financial management positions at public universities in Tennessee and Georgia, and retired in September 2016 after ten years as vice president for fiscal affairs at Albany State University in Georgia.
Wakefield holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Master of Business Administration from Austin Peay State University. Wakefield is also an active certified public accountant.
“I have enjoyed my exposure to Clark State and learning about the great things occurring here,” he said. “I have been impressed with the excellent leadership in place and have felt welcomed and appreciated by the campus community. I am thrilled to become part of the Clark State family.”
Long-time Clark State Board of Trustees member Andy Bell serves as finance committee chair working with Wakefield. “I am very pleased that he has accepted the position on a full-time basis,” said Bell. “Larry brings years of experience to this position and offers new incites to our financial planning and execution.”