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Lauren Clarke Becomes Brown CS Department Manager



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    In an email to the Brown CS community on December 10, Department Chair Ugur Çetintemel announced that AStaff member Lauren Clarke will become the new Brown CS Department Manager, effective as of January 1, 2022. Lauren has been on the Department of Computer Science staff since 2004 and served as Academic and Industry Partners Program (IPP) Manager since 2013. In her current role, she’s responsible for managing the Brown CS PhD program, coordinating course offerings, managing the IPP, and supervising some members of AStaff, among other tasks. 

    “Lauren has done a remarkable job in all her roles,” Ugur writes, “and earned the respect and admiration of everyone who has worked with her. In addition to her familiarity with our workflows and processes, Lauren also has a deep understanding of our department, our values and culture.”

    In her new role, Lauren will manage the financial, administrative, and human resources operations for the Department, ensuring that financial and administrative practices conform to University policies. She’ll serve as the advisor to the Department Chair in all matters related to planning, operations, administration, and the commitment of resources. Additionally, she’ll develop and implement internal procedures and protocols; play a critical leadership role in support of budget management and analysis; supervise administrative staff, student affairs, and grants/gifts/endowments administration; and perform other miscellaneous activities related to the management of the department and program.

    “I want to thank everyone who's reached out to me,” says Lauren, “and special thanks to the search committee for selecting me – this is part of why I'm looking forward to this new challenge.  The people in this department are so supportive and encouraging that it's a joy to work with you. I've been thinking a lot about filling the role that Trina [Avery] and Jane [McIlmail] made look so easy.  While I can promise you I will make mistakes as I learn, I can also promise you I will do my best every day to live up to the example they set, to learn from those mistakes, and to help the department grow and change. I am humbled and grateful and excited.”

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