Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Board Member
Supplier Diversity Manager, University of Kentucky
Marilyn Clark is the Supplier Diversity Manager for the University of Kentucky where she works across the enterprise to increase spending with diverse suppliers. She works closely with the procurement team, project managers, and departments to introduce minority, women, veterans, and disabled and LGBTQ-owned businesses into the UK supply chain. In addition, Ms. Clark leads the Equitable Economic Development Committee, a subcommittee of the University of Kentucky’s Economic Development Collaborative.
Marilyn was appointed to the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC) board of directors in May 2023. The board is responsible for advancing the organization’s mission to certify, develop, connect, and advocate for minority business enterprises. She was awarded the 2022 Impact of the Year Award by TSMSDC for distinction in extraordinary contributions, exclusive influence, outstanding performance, and significant achievement.
The University of Kentucky was recognized for its Supplier Diversity program and received the 2022 Insight into Diversity Magazine Jesse L. Moore Supplier Diversity Award, the 2022 Women’s Business Enterprise Ohio River Valley Regional Corporation of the Year Award. The UK Supplier Diversity Program was a finalist in the national University Economic Development Association in the diversity, equity, and inclusion category.
Prior to joining the University of Kentucky in January 2021, Marilyn worked in supplier diversity at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and Fayette County Public Schools.
She is the former Vice-President and Station Manager for WLEX-TV, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, and worked in television management in Dallas, Philadelphia, and Birmingham, prior to moving to Lexington.
Marilyn was recently appointed to the Fayette County Public Schools Board of Education in District 1.
Ms. Clark has an Executive MBA from the joint program at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. She completed diversity certificate programs with Cornell University and the University of Houston.