Elder Clark was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and raised in Spokane, Washington. After serving as a missionary for the Church in Germany, he married his wife Sue in 1971. President Clark earned a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctorate degree in economics from Harvard University. He became a member of the faculty at the Harvard Business School in 1978 and was named dean of that school in 1995. He served in that capacity until the summer of 2005, when he was named the president of Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Elder Clark has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the South German Mission, elders quorum president, ward executive secretary, bishop’s counselor, bishop, high councilor and stake mission president’s counselor.
President Clark and his wife Sue are the parents of seven children and the grandparents of twenty-three grandchildren.