Dewey Clark of Zebulon named N.C. Wesleyan’s new president

mhankerson@newsobserver.comJanuary 7, 2014 

— A 1978 Zebulon High School graduate was recently appointed president at North Carolina Wesleyan College, a position that will begin sometime in this year.

N.C. Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees announced Dewey Clark’s appointment last month but the announcement didn’t include a start date. Clark said he is working with MBM Corporation, where he is the executive director of strategic planning, to work out the best date to leave his current position and begin at Wesleyan, but it should be sometime in the summer.

Clark spent his time at Zebulon High School playing basketball before enrolling at Wesleyan in 1978. He graduated four years later with with a double major in business administration and history.

“There were several reasons (I was drawn to Wesleyan),” Clark said. “It was close by and the motto of Wesleyan: ‘Wisdom and courage through a Christian education.’ The motto really resonated with me.”

He mentioned the quality of faculty and staff as one thing that was especially important in his time at Wesleyan.

“The reason I stayed was because the faculty and the staff,” he said. “They were so caring and helpful.”

After Wesleyan, Clark went on to receive his master’s degree in business administration from Campbell University and a doctor of business administration with a concentration in management from Argosy University, a school with multiple locations nationwide.

Clark grew up on a tobacco farm outside Zebulon and said he learned a strong work ethic and how important integrity is. Both things, he said, will be his foundation while presiding over Wesleyan.

“Those two things are very important to me,” he said.

Before moving up the corporate ladder, he worked in Wesleyan’s admissions office right after his graduation. Eventually, he was nominated for the school’s alumni board and later became president of the board from 1996 to 2000. Clark is currently the chair of the Board of Trustees at Wesleyan.

Clark has worked with MBM Corporation in executive positions since 1990. He took his most recent position in 2003. His is the son of Kay Clark and the late Charles Clark. His grandparents were the late Bervon and Berla Denton of Wendell.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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