Date: May 1, 2006
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
May 1, 2006, University Park - Sharing information, developing ideas, and creating solutions is the purpose behind Governor State University Assistant Professor Dr. Mary D. Clark’s committed involvement with the Sixth International Management Policy and Development Conference to be held in Kampala, Uganda in 2007.
“It takes time to develop an agenda for such a major international meeting of academics and policy makers,” explained Clark who will travel to Kampala, Uganda in May for a conference planning session. “We hope to develop a conference that will bring together the research and the reality to create better methods of serving the societies of the many nations in Africa.”
Clark understands the intricacies of what the conference hopes to accomplish. As a presenter at the previous conference in Dakar, Senegal in 2005, Clark experienced first hand how the need for better communication, information, and networking helped spur reform efforts and developments in local and national governing bodies to enhance the delivery of services to the public.
“These conferences focus on how to help develop and implement public policy and economic advances to the emerging nations in Africa. Our focus is always how we can help society better serve its members.”
Clark, who is on the faculty of the College of Business and Public Administration at GSU, delivered a paper on The Role of Journalists in Framing HIV/AIDS Policies. Her paper was so well received, she was asked to participate in the planning and coordination of the 2007 conference.
“It is quite an honor to be involved at such a central level of planning an international conference,” said Clark. “The conference brings local government leaders, policy makers, business leaders, and academics together.”
In addition to her work with the conference, Clark, as a member of the Consortium for International Management, Policy, and Development (CIMAD), will also act as liaison between businesses in Uganda, GSU, and businesses in the South Suburbs to develop trade agreements.
According to William Nowlin, Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at GSU, “Dr. Clark’s project is an important component of the college’s pursuit and encouragement of global initiatives. She will work closely with faculty members at GSU and at Mekere University in Kampala, Uganda to assist in the development of business networks.”
Clark added “We hope to bring art and textiles created in Uganda to sell in south suburban area. The exchange will be both economically and culturally beneficial for all parties involved.”