Dianne Clark was hired as the Executive Director for Sci-Port Discovery Center in August of 2018. She joined Sci-Port after retiring with 30 years of service for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, where she served in a variety of positions including a two-year assignment as Interim Director for Northwest Louisiana Technical and Community College.
When hired as the Executive Director for the newly reorganized Sci-Port Discovery Center two years ago, Dianne faced the challenges of re-establishing the Center as a premiere educational experience. Focused on the Center’s mission to provide relevant, hands-on, STEM-based learning experiences to learners of all ages, Dianne has realigned staff and resources resulting in the celebration of several milestones including the reopening and renovation of exhibit spaces, the addition of the Gallery of Intrigue and the development and offering of the 2019 and 2020 winter-themed Sno-Port exhibitions.
In addition to these accomplishments within the Center, Dianne and her team have re-established Sci-Port as a highly respected provider of community outreach initiatives and services. The highly acclaimed “Bars Without Barriers” initiative offered to inmates at Caddo Correctional Center was recognized by Yale University in March of 2020. In November 2020, at the completion of a highly competitive process, the Louisiana Board of Regents selected Sci-Port Discovery Center to serve as the Region 7 STEM Center. Sci-Port continues to receive community-based grant funding dedicated to improving both on- and off-site educational opportunities to a diverse group of learners of all ages.
Dianne lives in Haughton, Louisiana with her husband, Gary. They have two grown children, Keith and Hannah.