An African American has been nominated for the first time to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
The Air Force announced Thursday that President Donald Trump nominated Lt. Gen. Richard Clark to be the school’s next superintendent, The Gazette reported.
Until his nomination, the 56 year-old who is a lieutenant general in the United States Air Force, was serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration. A bomber pilot, he graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1986.
Clark is expected to take command in August if the Senate confirms the nomination, becoming the second Black general to head up a service academy, officials said. He would replace Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria.
“I am extremely humbled and honored by the nomination to serve as the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy,” Clark said.
Clark graduated from the Academy in 1986. He previously served as the school’s commandant of cadets, was a junior varsity football coach and candidate counselor.
“I have no doubt that Lt. Gen. Clark will be an extraordinary leader for the Academy,” Silveria said. “He has a long history with USAFA and an exceptional leadership record.”
Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams became the first African American superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 2018.
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