Marian University is pleased to announce Dr. Joshua Clary as Vice President of Student Life, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, effective August 22, 2022.
“I have a passion for and believe firmly in a liberal arts education. My life experiences have formed and inspired my work. I believe faith and Catholic identity must be lived through service to others and open dialogue with all we encounter. I am excited by the opportunity to deepen my work in Catholic higher education while serving at Marian University.” said Clary.
Working at his alma mater, Brescia University in Owensboro, KY, Dr. Clary began his career in higher education as an Admissions Counselor. After one year, he was promoted to the Director of Alumni Relations and served in this capacity for two years. Over the past decade, Dr. Clary held the role of Vice President of Student Affairs / Dean of Students encompassing residence life, student activities, leadership development, campus ministries, career services, athletics, and more. Modeling his student affairs philosophy after the adopted phrase, “I become me by becoming we,” Dr. Clary believes the transformative power of education makes the world a better place.
Dr. Clary shares, “no matter the size of the institution, relationships matter and are critical to its success. Cultivated by honest, open communication, I will listen to the expertise and experience of those around me so that together, we can discover solutions that serve the needs of the Marian student body.” President Michelle Majewski believes Dr. Clary’s humble leadership style will promote a positive student life experience in both the Marian and Fond du Lac communities. “I am excited to serve with Dr. Clary in advancing the Marian mission and look forward to the energetic passion he brings to campus.”
Clary earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and philosophy from Brescia University in 2006 and graduated Magna Cum Laude, and with honors. Also, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Indiana State University, Dr. Clary holds an M.S in Student Affairs and Higher Education (2012) and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (2020). In addition, Clary earned graduate credits while attending Saint Meinrad School of Theology to study for the priesthood of the Diocese of Owensboro.
Marian University was founded in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wis. The institution has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in the state and strives to live its core values as a community committed to learning, dedicated to service and social justice and joined together by spiritual traditions. Marian offers undergraduate, adult, and master’s degree programs at its main campus and online.