CONCORD, CA (Mar. 24, 2023) — The Mt. Diablo Unified School District has announced that Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark has received the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) 2023 Charles Mae Knight and Rex Fortune Superintendent of the Year Award for Excellence in Education. Clark received the award on Wednesday, March 15, during CAAASA’s Professional Development conference.
“Throughout his career, Clark has advocated for all student groups,” the awards program said. “He believes that educational systems need to address the gifts and talents of all student groups regardless of backgrounds or personal resources. Currently, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District is modeling how to establish and implement instructional priorities, system coherence, equity, accountability and autonomy.”
Clark joined MDUSD as Superintendent in July 2020. Previously, he was the Superintendent of the Vallejo City Unified School District. He has also served as an Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and has held principalships at all three levels.
“I dedicate the Superintendent of the Year award to the adults who support our precious students of Mt. Diablo Unified School District,” Clark said in a tweet.
Clark, who is President-elect of CAAASA, also presented on “Leading for Student Success” at the conference, and moderated a panel discussion with LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on that district’s Black Student Achievement Plan aimed at “Prioritizing Students with the Greatest Needs.”
In December, Adam Clark was named a “2022 Superintendent to Watch” by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). He was one of just 24 other superintendents nationwide who were selected for the honor in recognition of their dynamic leadership and strong communications skills.