Rocky Mount, NC—North Carolina Wesleyan College is pleased to welcome Dr. Dewey G. Clark as the college’s seventh president. He officially assumed the duties of his new position on May 4.
President Clark follows former president James A. Gray III, who retired after five years of service to the college. Gray came to Wesleyan prior to the start of the 2009 academic year and is credited with a variety of new initiatives.
President Clark knows the college well, having earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and history from Wesleyan in 1982. He completed his master’s degree in business administration from Campbell University and earned his doctorate in management from Argosy University.
As a student at Wesleyan, Dr. Clark participated in campus activities and was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. After graduating, he was invited to stay at the college to serve in the Admissions Office. He remained there for seven years and became associate dean of admissions. He was involved in budgeting, marketing, advising international students, interviewing and selecting prospective students, serving on administrative committees, and taking part in the college accreditation process.
Dr. Clark left the Admissions Office in 1990 to join MBM Corporation in Rocky Mount as personnel coordinator, with an array of responsibilities ranging from selecting new personnel, to budget analysis, to special projects for the vice president of operations. Three years later, he was named MBM’s senior operations/financial analyst.
At MBM, Dr. Clark helped construct the annual operating plan for MBM’s enterprise, with its five companies and $5 billion in revenues. His wide variety of responsibilities included, for example, analyzing financial and statistical data for the company and shareholders, tracking and researching trends, reviewing key operational issues and making recommendations, formulating marketing strategies, and working with financial firms in the acquisition of new companies.
Dr. Clark has served Wesleyan as a member of the Board of Trustees for more than 12 years, including as vice-chairman and chairman. Also he has been president of the NC Wesleyan Alumni Association. As a volunteer, he has taught a course in operations management at Wesleyan for many years.
He has been honored with a variety of awards for service to the community, including the Jaycee Merit Award, the Bobby Sawyer Award, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, which Wesleyan presents as its highest recognition for leadership and service to the community. He is an active member of Rocky Mount’s Englewood Baptist Church.
Dr. Clark and his wife, Suzanne Clark, have a daughter, Blakely, and a son, Nicholas. They plan to move into the President’s House on the Wesleyan campus in the near future.