Lawrence W. Clarkson
Secretary, Board of Trustees
Boeing Enterprises (Retired)
Lawrence W. Clarkson
Lawrence W. Clarkson was elected to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Board of Trustees in February of 2002. Clarkson currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees and presides as Chair of the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Committee on Trustees, Development, Executive, and International Affairs committees.
Lawrence W. Clarkson holds a bachelor's degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association and serves as a trustee of DePauw. He is also a former overseer of the Amos Tuck School of Dartmouth College.
Clarkson is active on numerous business boards including; Chairman of the Board, Hitco Carbon Composites Inc; Chairman of the Board, Digital-Vending Services International, LLC; Board Member, Intelligenxia, Inc. and Avnet, Inc.; Former chairman of Interturbine and Board member- Atlas Air.
Clarkson is a previous President of Boeing Enterprises where he was responsible for establishing and directing new commercial airplane or aerospace-related business acquisitions, joint ventures or other relationships that are outside of the traditional Boeing business scope. Prior to this position, Clarkson served as senior vice president of Planning and International Development. He became known as the Boeing "secretary of state".
Clarkson joined Boeing after a 20-year career with Pratt & Whitney, where he served as President of the Commercial Products (Jet Engines) Division. Prior to joining P&W, Clarkson served three years with the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of captain.
Active in many international organizations, Clarkson was chairman of the U.S. Pacific Basin Economic Council and the National Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, as well as chairman of The National Bureau of Asian Research. He was director of the U.S.-China Business Council, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Atlantic Council. He also served on the U.S.- Japan Joint High Level Advisory Panel and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy and the National Research Council - Committee on Japan. He is past president of both the Washington State China Relations Council and the Japan-America Society of Washington, and is a past vice president of the Wings Club.
Clarkson's interests away from work include boating and opera. He is a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C. Clarkson has also served as chairman of the Seattle Opera and the Interlochen Center for the Arts.