Donald N. Clark was born in South America and educated in international schools in Colombia, Japan, and Korea. He attended Whitworth College, Washington State University, and the University of Washington before earning his M.A. and Ph.D.at Harvard University. Since 1978 he has been teaching courses on China, Japan, Korea, and U.S. Diplomatic History in the Trinity History Department.
Between 1991 and 2006 Don was Director of International Studies and in 1999 founded the University's International Programs Office. Since 2006 he has been co-director, with Professor Stephen Field, of East Asian Studies at Trinity (the "EAST" Program, with special responsibility for grant management and direction of the EAST program's initiative in outreach and teacher training in the San Antonio area (the NCTA program). He is past chair of the Board of Directors of the ASIANetwork, a national consortium for liberal arts colleges with small Asian Studies program, and for decades has served on various bodies of the Association for Asian Studies.
Don Clark's scholarly interest is focused on the Korean peninsula where he has spent much of his life beginning with childhood as the son of Presbyterian missionaries. His experience in South Korea includes service as a Peace Corps volunteer, Social Science Research Council Fellow, and three-time Fulbright scholar in addition to frequent participation in short-term projects and conferences.
During Trinity University's latest capital campaign he was honored by a donor who endowed a chair in Chinese business called the Richard M. Burr and Donald N. Clark Chair in Business Administration. In the early 1980s Burr and Clark together inspired the donor to launch what became a successful career in trade with China. The donor, who has asked to be anonymous, was one of the first Trinity students ever to study abroad in China.
In 2011, Don was also honored with a 3-year appointment as Murchison Professor of History.
At Trinity Don serves on the International Studies Committee, the Faculty Senate, the EAST faculty team, and the Korean Students Association (KSA) as faculty advisor.