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Dr. Gary Clark

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Barron Hilton Endowed Professor of Political Science

Revius O. Ortique, Jr. Endowed Chair in Politics, History Inquiry, and Social Thought

Political Science Program Coordinator

Director, Project Pericles

Director, Center for Law & Public Interest



Bachelor's Degree: Government, Southeastern Louisiana University

Master's Degree: Latin American Studies, Tulane University

Doctorate Degree: Political Science, Howard University

Phone: (504) 816-4094


Office: DUICEF 235



Dr. Gary M. Clark is the son of an agriculture professor and social worker. Through his parents, he gained an early appreciation of hard work, education, ecology, and social justice. He and his wife, Sherrie, have two (2) children, Aareon, and deceased, Gary Jr.


Accomplished and seasoned, Dr. Clark worked at the Louisiana state legislature as a Staff Assistant to the Louisiana Legislative Council. He worked in Washington, D.C., as a Staff Assistant to Congressman Gillis W. Long (D-La).  He served as a Research Coordinator for Legislative Affairs and Trade Policy with the World Trade Center of New Orleans. 


Dr. Clark has been a member of the faculties of Spelman College, and Xavier University of Louisiana, where he served as Chair of the Department of Political Science. He served as a member of the faculty of Southern University at New Orleans Evening and Week-End Division for ten (10) consecutive years. As the Program Coordinator of Political Science, he was elected Professor of the Year, by the student body, an unprecedented three (3) straight years. He was elected twice by the faculty to serve as Chair of the Faculty Council. He is the Director of Project Pericles (at Dillard), which centers on leadership development, and civic engagement.


Dr. Clark’s service is diligent and diverse. As Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Finance Authority of New Orleans, he led efforts to provide economic development, and affordable housing through tax-exempt bond financing in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. Under his leadership, through the past 16 years, more than $200 million in home mortgages have been originated in the city of New Orleans.  He worked and made available, to his community, an additional $24 million in low interest loans to support current citywide rebuilding efforts.  As President of the Willows Housing Restoration Corporation, he worked to secure and provide $6 million for the purchase and renovation of the Willows Apartment Complex. This current economic activity serves as a catalyst for the “Rebirth of a (New Orleans) Neighborhood.”


Dr. Clark served as a Commissioner on the New Orleans Civil Service Commission (for seven years) where he worked to protect the integrity of the merit system and provide proper oversight regarding violations, appeals, and investigations.  He understands the dynamics of state government and law enforcement.  He served as Chair of the Louisiana State Police Commission.  In that capacity, he sought to represent the public interest with skill and integrity.  He is also State Treasurer of the Louisiana Association of Local Housing Finance Authorities.


Through it all, he has a deep appreciation of arts, athletics, and education.  He served as a board member of Young Audiences, and sought to make the arts an essential part of education for children and youth.  He served as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Executive Committee, and Athletic Director at Dillard University, where he worked to promote the development of athletics in the intercollegiate environment.


At a time when Orleans Parish and the state of Louisiana witnessed significant demographic changes, and an influx of Latino workers and citizens, Dr. Clark is cognitive and sensitive to this new order.  His doctoral dissertation, at Howard University centered on U.S. Cuban and Haitian Immigration and Refugee Policy.  He has a master's of arts degree from Tulane University in Latin American Studies.  He completed his undergraduate studies in Government at Southeastern Louisiana University.  He studied at universities in Europe and Latin America.


Dr. Clark believes the best citizenry is informed.  He is the Executive Producer and Host of the cable television program Dr. Clark Reports.  Over the past sixteen (16) years, the program has aired weekly, and featured more than 200 guests.  In 2000, it was the recipient of the PEGAUS award for “Best Information” programing.  He is the Executive Producer and Host of the radio program, Dr. Clark 101: The Living Classroom.  This program is also broadcasted weekly, and is dedicated to a variety of issues that include: public interest, current events, education, advocacy, and civic engagement.


An avid supporter of free and balanced elections, Dr. Clark has traveled to Haiti and consulted national candidates, political parties, and organizations on the mechanics of political participation and democracy.  He testified as an expert witness in U.S. Federal Court on the issue of timely and fair elections in New Orleans after Katrina.  He is a political contributor to several news outlets.  His comments have appeared on NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Today Show, German Radio & Television Network, and the Associated Press.


Dr. Clark cares.



Main Office: (504) 816-4701, DUICEF 251


Dillard University

2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

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