In her new job, Hardy will oversee the news-gathering efforts of four newspapers.
Awtry oversaw a dramatic newsroom reorganization and oversaw another round of layoffs during his short tenure.
Clark is the third former Citizen-Times reporter to return to Gannett in recent weeks.
Josh Awtry has won praise and notice for energizing The Coloradoan, Gannett's newspaper in Fort Collins, Colo.
The basic job requirement: don't make waves.