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2009 Luncheon Information



Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D.
President, Howard University 

Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., is the 16th President of Howard University and the sixth African American to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. He was President of Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio, for 13 years before coming to Howard. Under his leadership, BGSU was recognized for its residential learning communities, values-based education and innovative graduate programs.


President Ribeau began his teaching career in 1976 as a professor of communication studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Eight years later, after being honored as an outstanding teacher and student adviser, he became chair of the University's Pan African Studies Department. He held that position until 1987, when he was named Dean of Undergraduate Studies at California State University, San Bernardino. Three years later, he became Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo campus. In 1992, he was named Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, a position he held until his appointment to BGSU.


On a national level, President Ribeau serves on the boards of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF); Worthington Industries; and the Committee on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline, under the aegis of the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy. He has served on the boards of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the United Way, the Regional Growth Partnership, the Andersons Inc. (Maumee, OH), and Convergys Corp. Some of his numerous honors include distinguished alumnus awards from Wayne State University and the University of Illinois, scholarly recognition from the National Communication Association and the President's Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.


President Ribeau received a B.S. degree from Wayne State University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in communication from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He and his wife, Dr. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau, are the proud parents of two daughters and one son. 



Dr. Harriette Clark-Wade
M.D Clark Clinic

Dr. Harriette Clark-Wade, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, began her college education at West Virginia State College and subsequently received her BA degree from Smith College in 1946. From there, she received her M.D. from Howard University in 1950.


After completing her Pediatric Residency at Gallinger Hospital (later renamed D.C. General Hospital), Dr. Clark served as Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at Howard University from 1954 to 1964. During that time, she, along with her brothers, Dr. Charles Clark, a surgeon, and Dr. John F. J. Clark, an obstetrician, operated the Clark Clinic in the inner city of Washington, D.C. until 1995, serving more than three generations of patients.


Dr. Harriette Clark is the mother of two sons, Marque Chambliss, Esq. and C. Robert Chambliss, M.D. (deceased) and the grandmother of four grandsons. Her hobbies include traveling the world over, collecting African Art and antique silver, and building miniature houses. She is also a member of the NAACP and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.


Dr. Harriette Clark-Wade is a member of a true Howard University family: all five of the Clark siblings from West Virginia hold one or two degrees from Howard University, as do three of her nephews. 

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