Clemens, a 1985 Goshen College graduate and current professor of pediatric medicine and associate dean at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, was elected by the board to replace outgoing chair Rick Stiffney, whose term as board chair ended in June.
“It is an honor to serve on the board of directors for Goshen College and now as its chair,” Clemens said. “Goshen College profoundly shaped my faith and gave me both a vision and roadmap for how I could positively affect the world around me.”
Clemens, whose term as chair began on July 1, has served on the GC board since July 2011.
As the associate dean for graduate medical education at the University of Arizona, Clemens is responsible for overseeing more than 700 residents and fellows who make up the College of Medicine’s 60-plus training programs. In addition to his clinical, teaching and research roles, Clemens also serves on the board of directors of the Arizona chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Clemens was born and raised in Ithaca, New York. After graduating from Goshen College in 1985, he studied at the University of Sussex in England on a Rotary scholarship. From 1986-1990, Clemens attended Johns Hopkins University College of Medicine, and remained at Johns Hopkins Hospital for his pediatric residency training. Clemens then attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he completed a clinical research fellowship and a master of public health degree. From 1996 to 2002, he was on faculty at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill College of Medicine. Since 2002, he has been a member of the faculty at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Clemens is married to Andrea Gerlak, an internationally known scholar and researcher in the field of environmental studies and water conflict. They have two children, Ella (10) and Lucas (8). They attend St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church in Tucson.