James Clark, president of South Carolina State University, has recently been chosen to represent the MEAC as chair of Presidents and Chancellors! Learn more about how Clark, a former student-athlete, will make the MEAC and athleticism of our nation’s HBCUs greater in the release below.

South Carolina State president James Clark has been selected as chair of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Presidents and Chancellors, with his two-year term having begun on July 1.
Clark takes over for Howard University president Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick.

“As a former student-athlete, I am keenly aware of the lifelong value such an experience brings to an individual in the form of team-building and leadership skills,” Clark said. “We cherish that at the MEAC, while keeping a sharp focus on winning on all the playing fields of life – especially the field of academic success. It is my hope to continue and improve upon these MEAC values.”
Clark is the 12th president in South Carolina State’s history, and he has served in that capacity since 2016. A native of Quincy, Fla. and a resident of Columbia, S.C., Clark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), a Master of Science in Management from M.I.T., and an Honorary Doctor of Engineering and Technology from South Carolina State.

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The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is in its 51st year of intercollegiate competition with the 2021-22 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of eight outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University and South Carolina State University.