Steve Clark came to Oregon State University in July 2011 from serving as the president and publisher of the Portland Tribune and metro-area Community Newspapers Inc.
Clark spent the first dozen years of his career reporting, editing and publishing at newspapers in Gresham, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Pendleton and the Willamette Valley. He was later named publisher and chief operating officer of Community Newspapers, a Tigard-based company that included several Portland-area newspapers. He eventually became president and co-owner of the company with his wife, Randalyn.
In 2004, he was named president of the Oregon Publication Corp., Oregon’s largest newspaper group, which includes the Portland Tribune and Sustainable Life magazine, as well as Community Newspaper's 16 weekly and monthly publications.
In addition to long-standing private sector and civic engagement in state economic development, transportation and land use matters, Clark is active with community engagement and volunteerism. In the past, he also served as a member of the College of Liberal Arts’ Dean’s Council at OSU, and has been a sponsor of the Austin Family Business Program Excellence Awards, the OSU College of Business Alumni and Business Partner Awards, and the OSU College of Engineering Oregon Stater Awards.
As Vice President, Clark oversees University Relations and Marketing, the university’s primary communications branch, with marketing that supports student recruitment and raises awareness of OSU’s impact, dissemination of news about teaching, research and faculty and student achievement, the development of a vibrant online presence and hosting university-wide events.
Clark has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oregon State University.