Dr. Jim Lark

James W. Lark, III currently serves as a professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Applied Mathematics Program of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia.  He is an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Statistics at the University of Virginia.

He has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 1983.  He currently serves as the Region 5 representative on the Libertarian National Committee.  He is a member of the LNC’s Executive Committee, and serves as the LNC’s representative to the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties.  He also serves as chair of the Employment Policy and Compensation Committee.

He served as chairman of the Libertarian Party during the 2000-2002 term, and as secretary pro tem during part of the 2012-2014 term.  He served as an at-large member of the LNC during the 1998-2000 term, and as a regional representative during the 2004-2006, 2006-2008, 2008-2010, 2010-2012, 2012-2014, and 2014-2016 terms.  He was a member of the Libertarian Party’s Platform Committee in 1991, 1998, 2010, and 2012, and a member of the Bylaws Committee in 2000.  He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Libertarian National Congressional Committee.

Dr. Lark is a member of the Libertarian Party’s Hall of Liberty, the Party’s highest honor.  Induction into the Hall honors lifetime or significant achievement that has made a lasting impact on the Libertarian Party and/or libertarian movement.

He is also the recipient of the 2004 Samuel Adams award (given at national LP conventions for outstanding activism), the 2008 Thomas Jefferson award (given at national LP conventions for outstanding leadership, high character, and dedication to the principles and goals of the Party), and the 2012 Thomas Paine award (given at national LP conventions for outstanding communication of Libertarian ideas).  He is the only person to win each of these awards.

He serves as the Local Affiliate Parties Committee chairman and the campus coordinator for the Libertarian Party of Virginia.  He has served as vice chairman and as secretary of the LPVA.  He is the secretary of the Jefferson Area Libertarians (Charlottesville, Virginia).

Dr. Lark currently serves as advisor to The Liberty Coalition and its constituent organizations at the University of Virginia. He founded several of the Coalition organizations while a graduate student at the University of Virginia. He also serves as national campus coordinator for the Libertarian Party, and advises college and high school libertarians throughout the country on promoting libertarian ideas on campus. He has conducted several campus organizing tours on behalf of the LP. He has lectured and conducted workshops on campus organizing at many state Libertarian Party conventions, and at the Libertarian Party national conventions in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2014.  He served as a member of the Libertarian Leadership School faculty, and as a member of the Libertarian Party’s “Success ‘97” and “Success ‘99” Leadership Seminar faculty.

He is the secretary of the Board of Directors of Liberty International (previously known as the International Society for Individual Liberty), and serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Students For Liberty and the Board of Directors of the Libertarian Youth Caucus.  He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolnosci I Przedsiebiorczosci) in Poland.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government from 2003 until 2016; he served as the chairman of the Board from 2009 until 2016.

Dr. Lark is a member of the Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network.  He is the recipient of the Foundation’s 2017 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award for Leadership.