About Dr. Clark
Dr. Brent Clark has 30 years’ experience as an educator and has risen through the ranks as teacher, principal and superintendent to his present position as the executive director of the Illinois Association of School Administrators. Dr. Clark was hired as Executive Director of IASA by the IASA Board of Directors in November 2005 and heads up the statewide association that represents nearly 1,750 active and retired school administrators in Illinois.
During his tenure at IASA, Dr. Clark has been instrumental in expanding support for members and strengthening the voice of superintendents at the Illinois statehouse. Some of his accomplishments include:
- Designing and implementing a post-doctoral leadership program for superintendents.
- Creating a professional development department to train school administrators in effective instructional management and leadership methodologies.
- Developing a communications and public relations office to assist superintendents throughout Illinois with crisis communications and public messages.
- Strengthening IASA's relationship with legislative and government leaders.
- Spearheading the Vision 20/20 initiative to develop the first-ever road map for the future of public education in Illinois.
- Expanding networking opportunities for school administrators.
Dr. Clark also is an adjunct professor at Southern Illinois University, where he teaches graduate level courses to school administrators pursuing their superintendent’s certification. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Chemistry from Olivet Nazarene University, and both his Master’s of Science in Educational Administration and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.Prior to becoming the Executive Director of IASA, Dr. Clark was a teacher and principal before becoming a superintendent in the Thompsonville, Benton and Belleville school districts.“Everything we do, and every decision we make, should be based on what is best for students," Dr. Clark says about IASA. "That’s what keeps IASA focused on the right issues and on the right side of issues.”