richard-g-clemens-photo_featureGive Back is pleased to introduce its latest board member, Richard (Dick) Clemens.

Clemens is a 1962 graduate of the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences and a 1965 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. Following his career as a senior partner at the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP, a major international law firm, Clemens has engaged in various charitable activities. Since 2006, he has been a trustee of Williamson College of the Trades, the only accredited post-secondary school in the country which provides a full scholarship (tuition, room and board) to students interested in the skilled trades. (see Williamson is a partner college of Give Back.

Clemens also serves as a volunteer consultant for the Executive Service Corps of Chicago which provides low-cost consulting services relating to board development, fund development and strategic planning to charitable organizations and governmental entities in the Chicago area. Dick and his wife, Judy, reside part-time in Naples, FL, during the winter months where he enjoys swimming and also serves as secretary and a director of the Naples Council on World Affairs. His daughter, Kathy, teaches at a community college.

 “I received substantial scholarships while I attended college and law school,” said Clemens. “For many years, as a trustee and supporter of Williamson College and by establishing scholarships at the University of Virginia, I have worked to help students from low-income families to attend college. Give Back provides me a wonderful opportunity to continue this important work and I am delighted to become a member of the Board.”

Robert Carr, founder of Give Back, first met Clemens when Give Back was considering partnering with Williamson College of the Trades to provide scholars the option of obtaining a trade degree.

“Dick brings a wealth of expertise to our board,” said Carr. “We will benefit from his insights, judgment and counsel — particularly as Give Back expands its community college partnerships. We look forward to his contributions.”