Student success, teaching and learning have always been at the heart of Clark’s professional career. With over 30 years of successful professional experience in the field of education, he brings innovative thinking, extensive leadership experience, vast and in-depth knowledge of career and technical education (CTE), online learning expertise, partnership building experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to the position of president of Bismarck State College.
Clark served as Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Special Assistant to the President at Laramie County Community College, (LCCC) WY, a school with 4,780 students. LCCC was selected by the American Association of Community Colleges as one of 13 colleges nationally for Guided Pathways 2.0. Clark was co-chair of the initiative, that included nine “must-have” focus areas including Advising, Excellence in Instruction, General Education 2.0, Program Maps, Course & Program Competencies, Co-Requisite Developmental Math & English, Pathways, Essential Student Experiences, and Streamlined Entry (Admissions). A large portion of the work is completed, and the initiative will be fully implemented in Fall 2020.
As VPAA at LCCC, the School of Arts & Humanities; the School of Business, Agriculture & Technical Studies (including the arena, horse & livestock facilities); the School of Health Science & Wellness, and the School of Math & Sciences reported to him. The division of Outreach & Workforce Development includes Adult Education; Certified Public Manager program, Community Education; Facilities & Events; High School Equivalency; Life Enrichment (including extensive Summer Youth programs); Outreach (Eastern Laramie County and the Warren Air Force Base Sites); and Workforce & Professional Development. Other departments included the Center for Excellence in Teaching; High School Programs (including Dual & Concurrent Enrollment & Gear Up); and the Library and Learning Commons (including the Exam Lab/Testing Center, Tutoring and Peer-Assisted Study Sessions).
Prior to coming to LCCC, Clark was the Dean of Technology at Mott Community College, a college of 8,000 students in Flint Michigan. In 2010 the enrollment rose to 12,500, due to Michigan’s economic downturn. In 2011, Mott was ranked by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation's top ten community colleges. The Technology Division included the trades and industrial programs, as well as all the computer programs. The division was a very robust, entrepreneurial division that developed a strong marketing plan that was implemented across the service area.
Other positions include Agricultural Education Assistant Professor & an adjunct faculty member in the Educational Computing, Design & Online Learning graduate program at Kansas State University, Tech Prep Director at State Fair Community College and Executive Director at a national curriculum consortium. Clark has presented over 100 significant national, regional or state conference presentations, and he has extensive marking and public relations experience.
Clark started his education at Johnson County Community College and transferred to Kansas State University where he earned his B.S. in Agricultural Education and an M.S. in Adult and Occupational Education. He earned his Ph.D. in Practical Arts and Technical Education, Agricultural Education (CTE), at the University of Missouri.
Clark is married to Paula Harris and has three adult sons, which are all engineers. He has been actively involved in the community with several roles in Boy Scouts from local units to the district and council levels; in several church responsibilities; Rotary International and as co-president of the board with the Stillwater Boys Choir.