As one of the inaugural professors in the William J. Clinton School of Public Service, Dr. David Sink is a firm believer in the power that individuals have to make changes in their community. Day in and day out, he conveys this message to the students enrolled in his classes at UALR and the Clinton School.
But Professor Sink also â€śwalks the walk,â€ť working through his research and public service activities to make a difference for Little Rock residents throughout the city.
â€śWe have a responsibility as a state, public university to contribute to the well-being of central Arkansas as well as to the entire state,â€ť Dr. Sink said. â€śThere is a strong connection between research, teaching, and service. Without one of those three, a professorâ€™s contribution to the students and university is incomplete. Weâ€™re involved with furthering our own knowledge in the community, but we also then receive all kinds of input to test the theories that we teach in class.â€ť
The long-term challenge of providing a workable solution for Little Rockâ€™s homeless population is one of Dr. Sinkâ€™s greatest service opportunities. Through his leadership, the city developed a 10-year plan aimed at ending chronic homelessness, and he continues to serve on the Mayorsâ€™ Commission on Homelessness and assist with the planâ€™s implementation.
Not only has Dr. Sink been involved in developing solutions for the entire city of Little Rock, he has worked to help the University District surrounding UALR. Through lasting partnerships between the University, businesses, and residents, the district has developed a collaborative vision. He has been there helping those relationships grow stronger and positively influence the area surrounding the University.
Dr. Sink earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in political science and masterâ€™s degree in geography from Miami University and a Doctor of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia. Since 2004, he has served as the governorâ€™s representative for the Southern Growth Policies Boardâ€™s Council on the Southern Community. He is also a member of the Arkansas Volunteer Coordinators Board, American Society for Public Administration, and the National Civic League.