Kim Clark joins agricultural science program
Concordia University, Nebraska’s agricultural science program will have a new lead professor this fall.
Kim Clark, a former dairy extension educator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) since 2015, began her tenure at Concordia as assistant professor of agricultural science on Aug. 2.
“We are excited for Kim to join the faculty at Concordia as she brings a wealth of knowledge and education experience that will be a great asset for our students,” said Dr. Dennis Brink, professor of agriculture, who will continue building university relationships in the industry, teaching several classes and advising students.
Bringing nearly 15 years of agricultural industry experience to Concordia, Clark will teach the majority of the university’s agricultural science program courses. After previously participating in the university’s two Ag Summits, her ties to Concordia’s program sparked her interest in bringing her agricultural leadership experience to the classroom and beyond.
“I was drawn to Concordia’s family atmosphere and Christ-based learning environment,” said Clark. “I am excited to be on campus full-time and am looking forward to engaging with students and being an integral part of their learning.”
Clark earned her master's degree in agriculture from UNL in 2009, majoring in animal science and agriculture leadership. She also earned her bachelor’s degree from UNL, majoring in animal science. Before her tenure at the UNL Extension, Clark served as the director of biofuels at the Nebraska Corn Board, in addition to being a research project coordinator and graduate assistant at UNL. Clark is certified as a Professional Animal Auditor Certification (PAACO) in dairy.
“Utilizing my education, experience, leadership and networks, I will be able to facilitate learning and building the agriculture program at Concordia,” said Clark. “The relationships and networks I have gained over the last decade will be beneficial for both the program and the university.”
During her time at UNL, Clark built the dairy extension program, was a founding member of the Dairy Extension Advisory Committee, and served as a member of the I-29 Moo University—a five-state consortium of extension educators and specialists and state dairy associations from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. She also co-developed the UNL Dairy Extension website and its social media accounts and presence, among other key accomplishments.
Clark is a member of the Nebraska Agribusiness Club, Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association, Grow Nebraska Dairy Team, the American Dairy Science Association and advisor for the Nebraska State Dairy Association.