The North Dakota Network for Women in Higher Education state coordinator leads the efforts of the ACE Network (formerly the National Identification Program), a national grassroots network of state organizations for women in higher education. State coordinators organize state planning committees that sponsor programs to identify qualified women leaders, develop their leadership in a variety of ways, advance them into administrative positions in higher education, and assist them with staying power.
Virginia Clark Johnson is currently Dean and Professor, College of Human Development and Education, North Dakota State University. A native of Tennessee, she received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the Ph.D. degree from Pennsylvania State University. She completed the College Management Program, Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University. Her previous positions include Assistant Professor and Coordinator, College of Human Ecology, Louisiana Tech University; Associate Professor and Head, Consumer Sciences, South Dakota State University; and Visiting Professor, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. She has also taught in the public schools and served as a county Extension Agent in Tennessee.
Clark Johnson has authored over 60 refereed articles, abstracts, book chapters and reviews, and has served as editor or reviewer for several journals, newsletters and yearbooks. She has served as director, co-director or writer for grants totaling over two million dollars. Her most recent scholarly work has focused on leadership and distance education. She has served as chair of the following national organizations: Board on Human Sciences, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences, Higher Education Unit of Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Association, and National Association for Teacher Educators of Vocational Family and Consumer Sciences. She served as a member of the Board of Examiners for the National Association for Colleges of Teacher Education, the North Dakota Education and Standards and Practices Board, and was a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
Clar Johnson has received several honors, including the YWCA Woman of the Year in Education; Healing the Hurt Award; Alumni Achievement Award, Family Career and Community Leaders of America; American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Leader Award; Honor Award and Advisor Award of Excellence, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society; and American Vocational Association, Family and Consumer Education Division Outstanding Contribution Award.
In her community, Clark Johnson has served as chair of the Rape and Abuse Crises Center Board and is a memeber of the Municipal Airport Authority Board.
Co-Chair - Kara Gravley-Stack currently serves as the Director of Diversity Initiatives at North Dakota State University. In this role, she directs the Office of Multicultural Programs, the Equity and Diversity Center, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Programs at the university. She also recently coordinated efforts to conduct the institution's third comprehensive Campus Climate for Diversity Assessment. With extensive experience in developing and conducting diversity-related training workshops at NDSU, Gravley-Stack has also developed and taught undergraduate courses related to civic engagement, LGBTQ studies, and cultural diversity. Her previous positions have been within the areas of service-learning, civic engagement, student activities, and residential life.
Gravley-Stack received her B.S. degree in English and Communication/Business from Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD), her M.S. degree in Counseling and Student Affairs from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her Ph.D. degree in Education, with an emphasis on Institutional Analysis, from NDSU. Her research focus has been on the means by which postsecondary educational leaders institutionalize diversity initiatives, including the ways in which institutional artifacts represent commitment to diversity and the role of the Chief Diversity Officer.
At the institution, Gravley-Stack has served on a number of institutional committees including the President's Diversity Council, the Equity and Diversity Advisory Council, the Anti-racism Team, the President's Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, the Council on Improving Retention, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy Advisory Committee, the Women and Gender Studies Advisory Committee, and the Faculty Senate Equity and Diversity Committee.
Gravley-Stack has been active in her community as a Girl Scout troop leader and, most recently, as an elected official on the West Fargo School Board. Previously, she has served on the YWCA of Cass (ND)-Clay (MN) Emergency Shelter's advisory board and on the board of directors for the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, Nokomis Child Care Centers, and the North Dakota Women's Network.