Ann Blakeney Clark brought a quarter-century of experience in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to her role as school district superintendent. Ann 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. Ann’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. 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 currently serves as a executive leadership coach for The Broad Center, Superintendent in Residence for the New York City Leadership Academy and a district advisor for the George W. Bush Center focused on principal talent management.

Lessons Learned

Ann brings valuable insight, from her 35 year journey, around the role of CAO, reminding you to stay steadfast to the “why” we do what they do.