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Vern Clark

Admiral, United States Navy (Retired); former Chief of Naval Operations and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Distinguished Professor in Government and Leadership, Regent University

Listen to: Leading Through Crisis

Leading Through Crisis
Everyone has experienced a crisis of some sort, whether it’s been at home, at work, on the way to work or on a national or international scale such as 9/11 or the bombing of the USS Cole.  But what does it take to lead through a crisis? Admiral Clark shares his personal insight from his Navy career and time at the Pentagon.  Despite the crisis of 9/11, with the staggering loss of 42 people from the Navy Command Center and more than 89% of their space at the Pentagon, Clark led the surviving staff through this crisis, knowing that more than 400,000 U.S. sailors located around the world were relying on their centralized support at the National Military Command Center.

About the Speaker
Admiral Clark completed a distinguished 37-year Navy career in 2005.  His Navy experience spans his early days in command of a Patrol Gunboat as a Lieutenant and concluded in the halls of the Pentagon as the Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In between, he commanded ships, two destroyer squadrons, the Atlantic Fleet’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, a Carrier Battle Group, the Second Fleet, NATO’s Striking Fleet and the Atlantic Fleet. His career is also marked by an unusual amount of joint service.  In the decade of the 1990s, seven of the 10 years were in the joint and combined area culminating in his assignment as the Director of the Joint Staff in Washington D.C. 

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