Ann Clark Named CMS Superintendent Through July 2016

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted to appoint Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools at its Jan. 27 meeting. Clark will serve as superintendent through July 2016, giving the Board ample time to conduct a comprehensive search for her successor. At her request, she will not be considered for the position beyond July 2016.

Clark fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Heath Morrison in November 2014.

“Ann is a strong CMS and public-education advocate and I am excited about the leadership she will provide over the next year and a half,” said Board of Education Chairperson Mary McCray. “We are making great strides as a district and she brings the stability we need to maintain our momentum.”

Clark brings more than three decades of deep institutional knowledge and educational experience to her new role as CMS superintendent. She has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions in CMS since joining the district in 1983 as a teacher of behaviorally and emotionally handicapped children. Her background includes principal positions at elementary, middle and high schools. 

“Teaching every child effectively is the responsibility and the privilege of public education,” Clark said. “It is my honor and privilege to serve CMS as superintendent and I look forward to working together with our Board of Education, our staff, our families and our community as we prepare every CMS student to graduate ready for college and career success.”

Clark said she was ready to announce late last year her retirement from the district.

“I was excited to explore new opportunities to continue to serve the educational needs of our community,” she said. “I made the personal decision to postpone my announcement once Dr. Morrison resigned. The timing was no longer right. I care too much about CMS to leave during such a critical time of leadership transition.”

Clark has served as acting superintendent since Dr. Morrison’s exit.

“Ann’s decision to postpone her retirement and serve as superintendent is a true reflection of the deep pride she has for CMS and the students, families and community we serve,” said McCray, adding that the Board will undertake a comprehensive search for Clark’s successor.

As superintendent, Clark will receive a base salary of $262,000. She will also receive $4,971 for the additional responsibilities she assumed from November 2014 through January 2015.