Dr. Herman D. Clark, Jr. brings many years of experience from the Norfolk Public School System serving as an elementary school teacher, special education teacher, reading specialist, instructional specialist, elementary school principal and assistant superintendent of schools. Currently, he is serving as an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Program at Regent University. Dr. Clark serves on the Foundation Board of Norfolk State University, secretary for the Board of Directors for Hunton YMCA Branch of Norfolk, Virginia, past president of the Board of Directors of New Hope Christian Community Center of Norfolk, Virginia, member of the Council of Exceptional Children, American Association of School Administrators and Nova University Alumni Association. Dr. Clark has received numerous national, state and local awards. Among them include Rumni Forum of Hampton Roads, Extraordinary Commitment to Education from the Temple of Israel, Patrick Daly Memorial Award for Excellency in Education from Yale University and the Dr. L. D. Britt Community Service Award from the city of Norfolk.
The most challenging and rewarding achievements took place when Dr. Clark was principal of Bowling Park Elementary School. There, the students and parents were cooperative, supportive and committed to education. The old African American proverb was deeply rooted in the community of Bowling Park School: “It takes a village to raise a child.” The church, scouts, recreational leaders, businesses, etc., were active participants in teaching the students. When Bowling Park School scored in the top five percent of the state achievement test, the students’ achievement proved what can happen when the school and community work together.
Dr. Clark is married to Dr. Reuthenia C. Clark, Principal of Azalea Middle School in Norfolk, Virginia, and they have two children Dr. Victor P. Clark, hospitalist physician at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach and Dr. Johanna Clark Melton, surgical assistant and high school biology teacher in Austell, Georgia.
Strong faith-based spiritual awareness and strong family morals and values have been the greatest assets in Dr. Clark’s life. His father Bishop Herman Clark, Sr. was his pastor for the majority of his life and spiritual growth and training were always emphasized in the family home. One scripture of which both his parents have always reminded him is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). These same spiritual values and morals are continuing to be developed at his present church Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church under his pastor the Reverend Dr. Kirk T. Houston, Sr.
Community Appreciation, 1976: Roberts Park Civic League
NPS (Norfolk Public Schools) After Bussing, 1983.
Distinguished Services: Hampton Roads Chanber of Commerce: 1985–87. Outstanding City Professional Leader, Norfolk, 1990.
Danforth Scholars (Old Dominion University), 1992.
Excellence Award for Black Media Professionals, 1993.
Outstanding Black Male, Urban League, 1995.
National Red Book, Best School in the Nation, Time Magazine, 1995
NASCCE (National Association of State Coordinators of Compensatory Education), 1995. Patrick Francis Daly Memorial Award, 1995.
L. D. Britt, Community Service, 1996.
Omega Phi Psi Fraternity, Man of the Year, 1997.
Gethsamane Black Achievement Award, February, 2012.
Student Achievement: Collaboration, A Main Ingredient, Virginia Council for Exceptional Children, 2012 (http://tinyurl.com/bpk7gge)
Connecting with Parents of Young Children, Virginia Journal of Education, 2010
Enhancing Teacher Performance – A Toolbox of Strategies to Facilitate Moving Behavior from Problematic To Good To Great (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781475817881) focuses on the academic performance of African American males, 2016
Born Leaders vs. Trained Leaders, State Conference, Old Dominion University, 2013
Improving Student Academic Performance and Staff Morale for the Virginia Beach Public School System, 2013
Omega Psi Phi
Elementary Principals Association Education of Exceptional Children ASCD
Elementary Reading Association