Frank M. Clark, chairman and chief executive officer of ComEd, will receive the Shield of Saint Xavier at the 25th Annual President’s Scholarship ball on Sat., March 20, 2010 at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave.
“The Shield of Saint Xavier is our University’s highest honor. It is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and service to the greater Chicago community, particularly to the city’s Catholic institutions,” said President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. “Mr. Clark’s leadership roles at ComEd and Exelon and his long history of civic involvement exemplify the ideals of Saint Francis Xavier, Mother Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy.”
As head of ComEd, Clark oversees one of the largest electrical utilities in the U.S. A subsidiary of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, ComEd serves 3.8 million residential and business customers in northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.
Clark previously served as president of ComEd and was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. He also was executive vice president and chief of staff of Exelon. Since joining ComEd in 1966, Clark rose steadily through the ranks, holding various positions in both corporate support and line functions. During his 43-year career at ComEd, he held key leadership positions at a number of business-critical functions across the company, including customer service operations; marketing and sales; regulatory, governmental and community affairs; information technology; communications; human resources; labor relations; and distribution services.
Clark serves on the board of trustees of the Museum of Science and Industry, the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, DePaul University, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the University of Chicago Medical Center; the board of directors of Metropolitan Family Services, Illinois Manufacturers Association, Big Shoulders Fund, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, Waste Management, Inc., Harris Financial Corp. and Aetna Inc.; and the executive committee of The Chicago Community Trust. He sits on the governing board of the Illinois Council on Economic Education and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Executives’ Club of Chicago. Clark is a co-founder of the Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy on Chicago’s west side.
Clark received his bachelor’s and law degrees from DePaul University.
John J. Benish, Jr. ’98 and Christie Benish will serve as Ball co-chairs.
The President’s Scholarship Ball has raised millions of dollars for the President’s Scholarship Program, which provides financial support to Saint Xavier’s most deserving students. The black-tie event is open to the public. For more information or reservations, please contact (773) 298-3311 or firstname.lastname@example.org with “President’s Scholarship Ball” in the subject line.