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Admiral Vern Clark Joins SRI International Board of Directors
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- March 26, 2007 -- SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, today announced that Admiral Vern E. Clark (U.S. Navy, Retired) has been elected to SRI's board of directors, effective March 1, 2007. Admiral Clark becomes the ninth member of SRI's board, joining a prestigious group that includes leaders from business, financial, and academic sectors. Admiral Clark's experience in national defense complements the expertise the Board provides SRI, which meets the needs of mostly government clients.
Admiral Clark retired in 2005 after completing the Navy's second-longest tenure as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). He served aboard naval destroyers and commanded the Carl Vinson Battle Group/Cruiser Destroyer Group Three, the Second Fleet, and the Atlantic Fleet. Previously, Admiral Clark served in several capacities in the Office of Naval Operations, including Special Assistant to the Director of the Systems Analysis Division, Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, and Administrative Aide to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Admiral Clark directed the Joint Staff's Crisis Action Team for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
"Admiral Clark's insight and leadership experience in naval operations will be a valuable asset to the SRI board," said Samuel Armacost, SRI's Chairman of the Board. "As SRI continues its important work supporting national defense, and grows its research and development of technologies related to marine technology and port security, we strongly welcome Admiral Clark’s perspectives."
Admiral Clark's distinguished record of service includes four Defense Distinguished Service Award medals, three Navy Distinguished Service Award medals, three Legion of Merit awards, the Defense Meritorious Service medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal, and various service and campaign awards. He has also received two Distinguished Service Medals received from the United States Army and United States Air Force and international awards from Germany, Italy, France, South Korea, Japan, Portugal, Singapore, and the Netherlands. Since his retirement he has been honored with the Eisenhower Award from the Business Executives of North America and the Distinguished Sea Service Award from the Naval Order of the United States.
Admiral Clark serves on the board of Raytheon and is Distinguished Professor of Leadership at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas and a degree from Evangel University. He attended Officer Candidate School and received his Navy commission in August 1968.