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Student success is important for Professor Clark Hallpike

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Management Professor Clark Hallpike

With nearly 40 years on the job, Management Professor Clark Hallpike hasn't sat still.

Outside the classroom, Hallpike is on the move-either in the hallways where he greets people with his warm, Caribbean demeanor or on the many faculty groups and college committees he participates in. If that isn't enough, he's coaching the men's and women's tennis teams to championships.

At the core of one of the college's longest serving employees is a commitment to serve students. He believes in helping students get ahead in attaining the education needed to prepare for a career. Financial barriers shouldn't hinder that, said Hallpike, who has been in student's shoes before. After studying in the University of the Virgin Islands, he came to the United States with $2,000 as he planned to complete his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Ohio's Kent State University.

“I am so thankful to all those who helped,” he said. “I was able to graduate without debt, and I feel fortunate today to help others.”

We caught up with Hallpike to ask him some questions about himself and ECC. Here's what he said.

In your words, what do you do at ECC?

I teach business, coach men's and women's tennis, and serve on the Faculty Senate and a host of college committees.

What is your greatest accomplishment since you've been here?

The continuous impact that I have on students as a professor and as a tennis coach. I am also pleased to champion diversity efforts as co-chair of the Multicultural and Global Initiatives Committee (MAGIC) and globalization efforts on the steering committee of the Global and International Studies Taskforce (GIST).

What would you do if you were ECC president for a day?

I would implement strategies to create an environment for greater success of students of color.

If there was a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?

Harry Belafonte. He would add the “Caribbean” flavor.

What's on your “bucket list?”

Develop programs for students' study abroad with financial resources for students who can't afford to travel.

What's one fact we should know about you?

I was born and raised in Antigua. They should also know about my “world view” with my siblings in New York, Africa and England, my mother in England, and my extensive travel to India, China, Greece, and many other countries.

What's something about your job that others should know?

I am very committed to helping students be successful. I work closely with the ECC Foundation to assist students financially. As such, I have an endowed scholarship fund with the Foundation that has over $30,000.

What was your favorite class in school?

French was my favorite class in high school. I grew up speaking French and spent time in the French Caribbean.

What was your first job out of school?

Manager of Recruitment for the Midwest region at Container Corporation of America. I supervised recruitment efforts for more than 20 facilities.

Complete this sentence: “I enjoy working at ECC because … “

Of the lasting impact I can have on students. Quite often students will call or come by with their personal stories of how what they learned affected their careers.

Last semester, one student who was on my tennis team 20 years ago Googled and found out that I am still here. She wants me to meet her family and sent me pictures!

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