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Lynn Chronister

Lynne U. Chronister
Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL

Lynne Chronister is Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of South Alabama. She previously served as Assistant Vice Provost for Research at the University of Washington. With sponsored awards at over $1.5 Billion, UW is one of the largest research universities in the United States. Prior to her position in Seattle, Lynne was Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Davis and had a Volunteer Clinical Faculty appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences within the School of Medicine. Previously, Ms. Chronister was Director of Sponsored Projects and Research at the University of Utah, Mississippi State University and the University of South Alabama. Lynne started her career in research administration working for the Vermont Department of Corrections and spent a number of years as a free-lance proposal developer for various schools and agencies.

She has served on numerous international and national task forces, boards, and review committees and is listed in International Who’s Who and the Who’s Who in Executives and Business. In 2014, Lynne received the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Catalyst Award. Lynne has co-edited a research administration book, Research Administration and Management, the only book of its kind available for researchers and research administrators. She has made numerous presentations to professional groups and universities on university research, strategic planning, collaborative research with industry, research as a tool for economic development, proposal development, compliance, time management, institutional compliance and many other aspects of research administration. She has served as a principal investigator on a number of state and federal contracts and grants and has served as a reviewer for both private and federal grant programs.  

During her 25 + years in research administration, Ms. Chronister has been a member and active participant in a number of professional organizations including the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). She is a past president of the Society of Research Administrators and became an inaugural member of the SRA International Distinguished Faculty. 

After receiving a BA in Experimental Psychology from the University of Vermont, Lynne went on to receive a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Alabama.

David Clark

David Clark
President, Visit Mobile and President, Dept. of Hospitality & Tourism Management Advisory Board

David joined Visit Mobile as President & CEO on April 1, 2017.  He has 30 years of hospitality, lodging and tourism leadership in Coastal Alabama.  His role with Visit Mobile is to promote and sell the City of Mobile as a Tourism Destination by creating an image of leisure to attract tourist from the Leisure and Convention Markets.

Prior to joining the Visit Mobile Team, David worked for Spectrum Resorts for 4 years, the management company and of The Beach Club and Turquoise Place.  Prior to working with Spectrum Resorts, David worked at The Grand Hotel Marriott, Resort Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama for 23 years.  He served in a variety of roles including Head Golf Professional, Director of Golf, Resident Manager and the last eight years as General Manager. 

David’s teams led Marriott International’s Resort Division to the #1 Overall Guest Satisfaction ranking in North America for six consecutive years.  His team’s earned National Industry Awards including:  Marriott International’s Top Hotel Operations for North America Lodging Operations and Travel + Leisure “Top 500 Hotels in the World.”  David was the recipient of Marriott International’s General Manager of The Year for North America and received Hotelier of The Year in 2016 and 2009 by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance.  He was recognized in 2016 as Industry Partner of The Year by the University of South Alabama’s Hospitality & Tourism Department.  David has served in Leadership Alabama and Leadership Mobile.

David currently serves as President of the University of South Alabama’s Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Board and serves on numerous other Boards.  David is a Lifetime Member of the Professional Golfers Association of America. 

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Western Kentucky University, is married to Melinda and has a daughter, Savannah.