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Ann Blakeney Clark


University of Virginia, Masters in Education, Special Education
Davidson College, Bachelor of Arts, English


Role of the Principal

Human Capital Strategy

Early Literacy

Principal Pipeline Strategy

K-12 School and District Leadership

Executive Leadership Coaching


Ann Blakeney Clark brought a quarter-century of experience in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to her role as school district superintendent. Clark retired from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in June 2017 after 34 years with the district. Clark 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.

Clark’s extensive education background includes serving as principal at elementary, middle and high schools. She also held key district office leadership positions including principal supervisor, Chief Academic officer and Deputy Superintendent.

She graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in English and earned a master’s degree in special education from the University of Virginia. She also holds administrator and curriculum and supervision certification from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In addition to her work with CMS, Clark serves on multiple community boards, including A Child’s Place, Girls Scouts, Renaissance West Community Initiative, Teach for America, Girl Scouts and E2D. She has been named a superintendent-in-residence at the New York-based nonprofit group that provides leadership consulting to districts across the country.

Her achievements in education and the community have been widely recognized. She has been named a Broad Superintendent Fellow, Charlotte Woman of the Year, the Thomas Jefferson Distinguished Alumnae Award from University of Virginia, National Principal of the Year (1994) and honorary degrees from Davidson College and Queens University.

Ann Blakeney Clark

Executive Leadership Coach


Prek-12 education, special education, early literacy, school leadership, district leadership, teaching and learning high leverage strategies, instructional policy