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Wesleyan president’s son follows in his footsteps

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Nick Clark, right, will start classes at N.C. Wesleyan College on the 40-year anniversary of his father, college President Dewey Clark, left, beginning his freshman year there.

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From Contributed Reports

Friday, June 22, 2018

N.C. Wesleyan College President Dr. Dewey Clark pays close attention to numbers.

When his son, Nick, decided he would join Wesleyan’s Class of 2022 this fall, Clark realized something: Nick would be attending Wesleyan exactly 40 years after he arrived on campus as a freshman in the fall of 1978.

Both Dewey and Nick Clark are excited for the adventure that awaits Nick at Wesleyan. Like his dad, Nick will major in business; however, Nick’s career aspirations take him outside a board room.

Already an entrepreneur, he and a friend started a landscaping business last summer. Nick has completed a great deal of grounds work on the Wesleyan campus working with the facilities team. This summer, Nick can be found constructing the new walking trail that is being built along the perimeter of campus.

Although he already lives on campus in the President’s House, Nick is most excited to move out and live in a residence hall. One of Dewey Clark’s best memories of his freshman year at Wesleyan was meeting his roommate, now Judge Carson Saunders, and all of the practical jokes they played on everyone on their hall.

When asked, “Is there any added pressure with following in your dad’s footsteps?” Nick said he just looks at himself as a regular college student. Dewey Clark noted the decision was Nick’s.

“We looked at many options,” he said, “but we kept coming back to Wesleyan as the best fit.”

The strong business school and Christian values are what drew Nick to the college from the start.

Learning from his past college mistakes, Dewey Clark advised Nick and his fellow freshmen class to start planning early for life after college. When Dewey Clark attended Wesleyan, the Career Services department did not exist and he did not have a resume upon graduation. He recommends Nick and all other students take advantage of the resources provided.

While Nick wishes Wesleyan offered an agriculture major and bass fishing team, Dewey Clark considers how much Wesleyan’s campus has grown since his time there. Many new buildings have been added, including the Gateway Technology Center, four residence halls, the Chapel, Taylor Center, Bellemonte House, the Dunn Center and the tennis complex.

Additionally, ROTC, lacrosse, the Exercise Science Program and football were not offered when Dewey Clark was a student at Wesleyan.

As Dewey Clark reflects back on his freshman year in college, he recalls how he fell in love with Wesleyan and all it stands for, and he knows his son will do the same. His advice to all freshmen is to get involved, do not leave any opportunity untaken, make friends that will last a lifetime and leave Wesleyan a better place than they found it.

As for his hopes and prayers for his son, he said, “Wesleyan will mold him into a courageous and Godly leader.”

The college is expecting another record-setting recruitment class. Over 425 freshman will move in during August.

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