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Robert Clarkson

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Robert Clarkson, Assistant Professor
Management, Associate Dean
Maine College of Business
EDD from United States Sports Academy, 2016
BS from Park College, 1996
Grand Rapids Campus
616-871-6173

With an expertise in both computer information systems and business, Bob Clarkson serves as the Associate Dean for the Donald W. Maine College of Business and the College of Technology. In this role he is engaged in academic program development and project management. He also serves as the Department Chair for our fast growing BBA in Sport Management program.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Professor Clarkson was an Acquisition Program Manager on the $1.9 billion ICBM Guidance Replacement Program, an ICBM Missile Launch Officer and served several assignments in the intelligence field. As a civilian he has held supply chain and project management positions for Dematic Inc. and Distribution Planning Incorporated (DPI). Professor Clarkson was also a software engineer for Orthstar

Enterprises. Prior to transitioning to his academic role, Professor Clarkson served in key administrative roles at Davenport including VP of Corporate Services, VP of Enrollment and the VP of Enrollment and Admissions. He has also previously served as Head Coach for the Davenport Panther’s Lacrosse Team

Professor Clarkson is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Certified Acquisition Professional in Program Management through the Defense Acquisition University (DOD). He teaches project management courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and sports management courses in our BBA in Sport Management program, accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). Professor Clarkson also serves as a COSMA Accreditation Team site leader.

A presenter on sport analytics at the 2016 Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Conference, and the institutional and cultural impact of launching a football program at the 2014 Michigan Statewide Sport Management Association, Professor Clarkson maintains high visibility and active networks in the sport industry. His present research interest includes measuring student satisfaction in the delivery of sport management programs.

Awards:
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 1998
  • Leadership Excellence Award, 1996
  • Distinguished Graduate - Undergraduate Missile Training, 1992