Wesley Clark has been a Senior Fellow at the Burkle Center since 2006. As Senior Fellow, Clark guest lectures, helps develop the annual Burkle Center conference, writes articles, and supports the Center's initiatives.
Born in 1944 in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Wesley Clark distinguished himself early as an athlete and a scholar, leading his high school swimming team to a state championship and graduating first in his class from West Point. In 1966, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he earned a Masters Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
During thirty-four years of service in the United States Army Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. After his retirement in 2000, he became an investment banker, author, commentator, and businessman. In September 2003 he answered the call to stand as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, where his campaign won the state of Oklahoma and launched him to national prominence before he returned to the private sector in February 2004.
Most recently Gen. Clark published a book, A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country (Palgrave Macmillan, September 4, 2007), about his life experiences in the army, politics and international peacekeeping.