Clark Family Donates $100K to Support UA Libraries

Clark Family Donates $100K to Support UA Libraries
Daniel R. Clark and Jan Roberts Clark stand next to a study room at the University of Arkansas named in their honor (Photo provided by the U of A)

University of Arkansas alumni Jan Roberts Clark and Daniel R. Clark of Houston have pledged $100,000 to support the University Libraries.

Their gifts will create the Jan Roberts Clark and Daniel R. Clark Endowment for University Libraries and will enable the acquisition of materials that support university-wide scholarship and research, the U of A said in a news release.

Jan Roberts Clark graduated from the university in 1971 with a bachelor’s in English and began her professional career at the University Library, now known as the David W. Mullins Library. 

Daniel R. Clark earned a bachelor's in chemical engineering from the U of A in 1975. He also took graduate courses in the Department of Industrial Engineering and learned under John L. Imhoff, the first department head.

The Clarks moved to Jan’s hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, where Dan took a job as a petroleum engineer and Jan began work as a landman, researching land grants, ownership and titles. They later moved to Houston, where Dan spent 13 years as a consultant to venture capital companies and entrepreneurs in renewable energy, biofuels, biogas and solar energy.

The Clarks' support of the libraries also helped fund the current renovation of Mullins Library. The first phase of the project was completed in August 2021.