Anthony Clarke, a longtime University of Guelph faculty member and administrator, has been named dean of the College of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. He begins his appointment Aug. 1.

“Anthony has made numerous contributions to U of G during the past three decades as a scholar and administrator,” said Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic).

“While we are sorry to see him go, we are excited for him as he begins a new chapter in university leadership.”

A microbiology professor for more than 33 years, Clarke has held numerous administrative positions at U of G, including assistant vice-president (academic), assistant vice-president (graduate studies and program quality assurance) and acting associate vice-president (research and international relations). He also served as department chair for six years and as acting dean of the College of Biological Science.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed a rewarding career here at U of G,” Clarke said. “I have been very fortunate to have worked with wonderful students, staff and faculty colleagues alike at every level of the University. While I will greatly miss life at U of G, I look forward to exciting challenges ahead at Laurier.”

A biochemist, Clarke developed and maintained an active research program funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He studies interactions of enzymes and carbohydrates to identify new targets for antibacterial therapy and to help make cellulosic ethanol.

He completed graduate degrees at the University of Waterloo.