J.R. Clark earned the Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute under the Nobel Laureate James Buchanan. He holds the Probasco Distinguished Chair at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and is the author of six books and numerous academic articles published in the United States, Austria, Japan, Italy, Canada, France, India and Russia. Prior to coming to UTC, Clark was with the Joint Council on Economic Education in New York, chaired a large economics department in New Jersey, held the Hendrix Chair at UT Martin, and was a research fellow at Princeton University. In 1996, he was inducted into the Mont Pelerin Society and elected to its board of directors in 2006. Currently, he serves as Secretary/Treasurer for both the Southern Economic Association and The Association of Private Enterprise Education.
His consulting experience includes Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, universities, and publishing firms as well as performing litigation support for law firms in personal injury, wrongful death, business evaluations and matrimonial cases. He has received significant grants in entrepreneurship from the J. Howard Pew Freedom Foundation Trust, is Past President of The Association of Private Enterprise, and held seats on the boards of the Palmer R. Chitester Fund, The William B. Cockroft Foundation, and Kenco Corp. Clark holds an Airline Transport Pilot's rating and currently flies light jet aircraft.