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Mark spent two decades working in collegiate athletics at three different institutions, including 16 years as a director of athletics. Most recently he was director of athletics at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon from 2000-2011. Prior to his time at Willamette, Mark spent five years as director of athletics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and began his career in athletics at his alma mater, Menlo College.
Mark led Willamette Athletics through a decade of significant growth. A strategic planning effort for athletics engaged administrators, faculty, staff and students as well as the University’s Board of Trustees, resulting in increased budget, staffing and facilities improvements. He also implemented programs focused on student-athlete success, including the GAME PLAN program to help freshmen transition to college.
During his time at Willamette, the athletics budget grew by 60 percent, enhancing operating budgets and expanding staff while increasing external revenue by more than 250 percent. Annual giving dollars more than doubled through the Bearcat Club, the number of donors grew from 300 to over 750 and the average gift size grew significantly. Several facilities were upgraded, including turf fields, lights and scoreboards. The first athletics endowment funds were established with nearly $1 million in principal funds secured.
He has been active within the NCAA governance structure and served as chair of the Division III membership committee from 2008-2010. Mark also was chair of the Division III West Region Men’s Tennis Committee and a member of the Division III Working Group on Membership Issues.
Mark worked at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games as part of the management staff for Olympic Stadium. He also was part of the venue management staff for the Stanford University site during the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
He is an active member in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and serves on the Advisory Board for University of Washington’s Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership master’s degree program.
Mark has the distinction of being associated with two of the most unusual mascots in sports: the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, and the Menlo College Oaks.[/tab] [tab title=”Professional History”] 2000-2011 Director of Athletics, Willamette University, Salem, Ore.
1995-2000 Director of Athletics, Univ. California, Santa Cruz
1991-1995 Assistant Athletics Director, Menlo College, Atherton, Calif.
1990-1991 Marketing Consultant, Jane Martin Associates, Palo Alto, Calif.
1989-1990 Account Executive, Bernard Hodes Advertising, Palo Alto, Calif.
AFFILIATIONS and SERVICE
University of Washington
2005-current Advisory Board, Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Program
National Collegiate Athletic Association
2008-2010 Chair, NCAA Division III Membership Committee
2007-2008 Member, Division III Working Group on Membership Issues
2005-2010 Member, NCAA Division III Membership Committee
1998-2002 West Region Chair, NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Committee
1996 Olympic Games, Management Staff, Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
1994 FIFA World Cup, Management Staff, Stanford University Stadium, Stanford, California
1998-1999 Head Women’s Basketball Coach, UC Santa Cruz
1996-1998 Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, UC Santa Cruz
1992-1994 Head Softball Coach, Menlo College[/tab] [tab title=”Education”]M.A., San Jose State University, Higher Education Administration
B.A., Menlo College, Communication[/tab] [/tabs]