Frank M Clark, President

Frank M. Clark was appointed President of the Chicago Board of Education by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and began serving on July 23, 2015.

Mr. Clark is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of ComEd.  ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation.  ComEd delivers electricity to approximately 3.8 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.   Mr. Clark retired from ComEd in February, 2012.  Mr. Clark serves on the board of trustees of DePaul University and Museum of Science and Industry and on the board of directors of the Big Shoulders Fund.  Mr. Clark is past Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Chicago Community Trust, a Life Trustee and past Board Chair of the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, trustee of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, a member of the RAND Corporation JIE Advisory Board, and President of the Business Leadership Council.  Mr. Clark is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Commercial Club of Chicago, and Executives Club of Chicago.  Mr. Clark is a co-founder of the Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy on Chicago's West Side. 

Mr. Clark serves on the board of directors for Aetna Inc. and Waste Management, Inc., where he chairs the compensation committee. 

Mr. Clark is a recipient of the Order of Lincoln Award.  He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Governors State University and an honorary Doctor of Law degree from DePaul University.  Mr. Clark has received numerous awards including the prestigious History Makers Award and the National Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice.  In 2008, U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine named Mr. Clark to its annual list of the 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology.  Mr. Clark also was ranked among the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America by Fortune magazine in 2002. 

Mr. Clark received his bachelor’s and law degrees from DePaul University.  He and his wife, Vera, have two sons, Frank III and Steve.

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