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James E. ClarkJames Clark
Mr. James E. Clark, a native of Quincy, Florida is the former president of EAA Chapter 242. He has flown hundreds of Young Eagles, co-built an RV-6, and is currently building an RV-6A. He has performed at air shows and has assisted in giving formation clinics. As an engineer and a pilot, he brings the intricacy of “attention to detail” and the critical aspect of its effect on success. James served as chairman of a special 60th anniversary reunion of the Tuskegee Airmen.
A resident of Columbia, SC, Clark currently serves as the 12th President of South Carolina State University, where he is working to have an aerospace major added to its mechanical engineering offering. He has also served as vice president of a $1- billion division of AT&T which he converted from a money-losing division into the most profitable division in AT&T’s computer business. Clark also worked with Gould Incorporated, General Electric, Gillette, and Exxon International. To these positions, Clark brought a wealth of expertise as a successful relationship builder, mentor, and team motivator who is highly respected for his ability to develop consensus among diverse functional groups.
Clark served on the Benedict College Board of Trustees for 18 years, and he has been Chair of the University of South Carolina Research Foundation for three terms. He has also served as an SC State Board member where he chaired the Finance and Management committee. He also served as an Executive Director of the prestigious Bell Labs, the most respected research institution in the world at the time.
Clark holds a Master of Science Degree in Management (Marketing) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management (M.I.T.); a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T.; an Honorary Doctor of Engineering and Technology from SC State University, and further studies in Global Leadership and Senior Management Development programs at the University of Michigan and Indiana University.