Renae Clark

Associate Professor of Information Systems

“Management Information Systems can be a demanding career and you must be ready for constant change.”

After working for several lottery commissions, Renae Clark took a gamble in 1999 and transitioned to higher education as a graduate assistant at New Mexico State University.

Today, Clark is an associate professor of information systems at Henderson State University where she teaches a variety of classes ranging from foundations of computer science to algorithm analysis.

Clark said the move to higher education has been rewarding.

“I enjoy interacting with the students who approach computers in a totally different way than I do because they have had computers in their lives since childhood,” she said. “I enjoy meeting students who really understand the point of learning about the use of computers in business today.”

Clark uses a hands-on approach in the classroom.

“It’s not just about programming a computer,” she said. “A lot of what I teach is how to use different computer software packages, such as Microsoft Excel.”

Management Information Systems is a degree that prepares students for a wide variety of careers within the corporate world, government, a support function in all business disciplines, and the world of self-employment.  Additionally, the Management Information Systems program prepares students for entry into the M.B.A. program.

“In today’s world, computers and information systems have an impact on people’s lives through the data that is stored on computers,” Clark said. “Therefore, knowing more about how the systems run, are built, are maintained, and secured is very useful.”

“The knowledge gained through this program helps a student not just in a career in management information systems, but also in their personal life, or if they decide to change careers later in life.”

Clark earned both a B.A. in computer science and a B.S. in accounting in 1984 from the University of Missouri. She went to work for the Missouri State Auditor’s Office, but left in 1988 to work as a data processing security officer for the Missouri State Lottery.

In 1992, Clark joined the Texas Lottery Commission as an internal auditor, then served briefly as director of financial administration.

She was named the vice president of administration for the New Mexico Lottery Authority in 1995 before becoming a lottery consultant until 1999 when she became a graduate assistant at New Mexico State.

Clark received her M.B.A. in business computer systems in 2001 and became an instructor of computer and information technology at Dona Ana Branch Community College-New Mexico State University.

She joined Henderson State in 2003 as an assistant professor of business information systems.

When she’s not in the classroom, Clark likes to read murder mystery books.

If she hadn’t pursued a teaching career, Clark said she would probably still be working in the lottery industry.

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M.B.A. in Business Computer Systems, New Mexico State University

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