Rutgers–Camden Finest

Rutgers–Camden Finest is an assembly of graduates whose lives and careers have made an indelible mark upon society and the advancement of knowledge.


Donald C. Clark, Jr.
RLAW'79
General Counsel (retired), United Church of Christ

Donald C. Clark, Jr. has spent his life as an attorney and leader in higher education, and has begun a career as an entertainment entrepreneur.  Beginning January 1, 2017, Clark will serve as the acting president of the Chicago Theological Seminary.  He recently retired after 15 years of service as the general counsel and nationwide special counsel for the United Church of Christ (UCC), a Protestant denomination with approximately one million members and 5,100 local churches throughout the United States. He is a co-producer of The Encounter on Broadway.  Other entertainment ventures include the Chicago Magic Lounge.

An adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School, Clark practiced complex litigation as a partner in Chicago law firms from 1979 to 2001.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits, before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, and in the state courts of Illinois.

Clark has taught over the years at the Northwestern University School of Law, the Chicago Theological Seminary, Andover-Newton Theological School, and Holy Cross Seminary on legal issues.

At Rutgers, Clark is a member of the Chancellor's Leadership Council and served from 2015 to 2016 as a member of the Co-Dean Search Committee for the Rutgers Law School.  He was awarded the Arthur E. Armitage Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award from Rutgers Law School in 2014.  Crain's Cleveland Business presented Clark with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, "honoring the best legal minds" in Northeast Ohio's public, private, nonprofit and government organizations.  That same year, the Chicago Theological Seminary presented him with an honorary doctorate.

His publications include a 1993 cover story in The Christian Century on the legal response to sexual abuse in religion.

Clark was chair of the Board of Trustees for the Chicago Theological Seminary from 2007 to 2013 and is a life trustee on the Board of Trustees for the Adler Planetarium, where he also served as its chair.  A past school board member and president for the West Northfield School District 31, Clark also served as executive committee member and chair of the Audit Committee for Church World Service from 2012 to 2015.

He received his undergraduate degree from Williams College.  Clark resides in Glenview, Illinois.  He is married to Ellen, a graduate of the Rutgers School of Communication and Information.  They have two children and seven grandchildren.