Dr. Clark has served in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Washington since 1989. A 1985 graduate of Bishop McNamara High School, he matriculated to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where he studied Psychology and English. He did his Master's degree in Education in Guidance and Counseling at Bowie State University. Dr. Clark graduated in May of 2015 with an Educational Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University and was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. Alpha Sigma Nu honors students of Jesuit colleges and universities who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education, and service to others. His doctoral dissertation focused on leadership development and succession planning.
Following graduation from Holy Cross he began his career in Catholic education working at DeMatha Catholic High School where he served as a teacher, guidance counselor, football, baseball and basketball coach, Admissions Director, Director of Guidance, and Summer School Principal. In 1997 Dr. Clark returned to his high school alma mater where he served as the school's Principal for 13 years and in 2010 was appointed as the President/CEO.
Throughout his career in education Dr. Clark has held a variety of leadership roles in the Archdiocese of Washington serving as a member of the Board of Education, President of the High School Principal's Association, President of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, a Trustee at St. Anselm Abbey School, member of the Board of Directors at St. Edmond's Academy in Wilmington Delaware, member of the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Catholic Academies in the Archdiocese of Washington and serves as the Chair of the Academic Committee, , a member of the Prince George's County Task Force for Catholic Charities, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Forestville Pregnancy Center. In 2012 Dr. Clark was awarded the Secondary Schools' Administrator of the Year Award from the National Catholic Education Association for his long-standing leadership and contribution to Catholic education.
Dr. Clark is married to Mrs. Peggy Clark, a middle school religion and math teacher at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Cheverly, MD. Their three children—Kevin, Casey, and Meghan—all graduated from Bishop McNamara High School marking three generations to attend either McNamara or La Reine High Schools.
One of the greatest joys Dr. Clark has is witnessing the growth and personal formation of our Bishop McNamara students as they grow to become leaders and people of influence who want to bring about positive change in the world. Bishop McNamara's proud legacy challenges students “To Think with Christ." As an authentically Holy Cross school committed to the principles of the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Blessed Father Basil Moreau, the Bishop McNamara High School faculty and staff prepare our students through academic, athletic, artistic, social, and spiritual learning experiences designed to inform, form and transform them as they become responsible citizens of our global community.
Dr. Clark believes that as Catholic educators we are called to recommit ourselves daily to educating and forming our students to fulfill their God-given potential as we guide, lead, and encourage them to higher levels of spiritual, social and academic development. As Catholic educators, we assist others to view all reality through the eyes of faith and to proclaim the Gospel through their words and witness.
As a Holy Cross school Bishop McNamara High School offers educational programs to a diverse group of students, fostering the gifts of those with whom and for whom we work. We teach the Catholic faith; we encourage the pursuit of academic excellence; we nurture a commitment to integral growth by focusing on Christian values and the intellectual, creative, social and physical development of those we serve. We spur those who we serve to challenge prejudice, as well as unjust networks of power and privilege. As a Holy Cross school we exist to promote the legacy and vision of Father Moreau by developing leaders among the People of God for the good of the Church and society.
Foremost, Dr. Clark remains steadfast that a Bishop McNamara education facilitates the formation of qualities such as integrity, leadership, justice, love, compassion, hope and respect for all people. This is a philosophy that transforms lives; this is a mission we live at Bishop McNamara and give witness to daily. Simply said, Bishop McNamara exists so that students become people of values as well as scholars. By cultivating the hearts and minds, our students become responsible citizens and positive forces for good.
"Education is the art of bringing young people to completeness; for the Christian, this means education is helping a young person to be more like Christ" (Blessed Father Basil Moreau, Christian Education, 1856).
"It is no longer a matter of learning to become a good Christian, but of becoming an apostolic person" (Blessed Basil Moreau, Rules).
"Our work is not a human work, but God's very own" (Blessed Basil Moreau, Letters).
M.Ed., Bowie State University 1992
B.A., College of Holy Cross 1989