Secretary of State Ken Bennett has appointed Joan Clark to head the State Library, Archives and Public Records, which is division of Bennett’s office.
She succeeds Gladys Ann Wells, who retired last year.
Previously she served as Deputy Director for the division with responsibility for planning, development, operations and several statewide initiatives including the Arizona Memory Project and E-Rate reimbursement coordination. Working within the Library Development Division, Joan successfully motivated public and tribal library staff to initiate programs and services focused on consumer health, lifelong learning and youth services.
Prior to joining the Arizona State Library, Joan had extensive marketing and management experience with AT&T Corporation. She has held leadership positions in business research, corporate training, marketing and strategic planning, in addition to representing AT&T as a liaison to industry associations.
A native of New Jersey, Joan’s career began there as a public school teacher. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and she holds a Masters of Library Science degree from Rutgers University.