The following Board member is listed in memory and in honor of her significant activity and contribution to D.A.T.S. M.O.M. and the Board of Directors.

Dr. Clarice Ford

With more than 30 years of educational leadership experience, Dr. Clarice Ford was a pioneer in the field of education and a lifelong learner.

Dr. Ford served as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield where she oversaw all areas in student affairs.

At Berry College, she was the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Multicultural Affairs. Before arriving at Berry, Dr. Ford also served in leadership roles at Youngstown State University and The Ohio State University in the areas of Student Affairs.

Dr. Ford earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Multicultural Education from Antioch University and her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University.

Dr. Ford began working at the University of Illinois Springfield in 2008 as Executive Director of the Diversity Center and Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Services. By 2014, she was Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs serving in that role upon her death on April 19, 2020.

Dr. Ford was also an ordained minister and former pastor within the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Dr. Ford committed her life to helping students break down barriers to education, resources and support. As a transparent and fearless leader, she continuously exemplified the importance of dedicating her time, talent and resources toward uplifting students in need. D.A.T.S.M.O.M. Founder Tametria Conner Dantzler established The Dr. Clarice R. Ford Memorial Leadership Scholarship to help continue her legacy. Please click the above link to learn more.

Dr. Ford had a tremendous impact on the lives of her students. Please click this link to read a tribute poem written by D.A.T.S.M.O.M. Founder Tametria Conner Dantzler and a special tribute by former student Carmen Player.