Mark is the CEO of Central Educational Center (CEC). CEC, Georgia's “model charter college and career academy,” was developed by local Chamber leaders, the Coweta County School System and West Georgia Technical College. More than 500 groups from around Georgia, across the US, and from sixteen other nations have visited CEC to study and/or replicate this unique approach that connects education and economic development. CEC was recently designated one of 30 “replicable model high school reform” programs in the United States. Dr. Anthony Chow wrote about CEC in Systems Thinking and 21st Century Education: A Case Study of an American Model for High School Educational Reform.
Mark was one of seven original mentors with Arizona State University’s Leadership for Educational Entrepreneurs (LEE) program. This USDOE-funded demonstration project helped students nationwide earn a Master’s Degree (Education) that blended M.Ed. and MBA curricula. The leaders trained by LEE now impact student learning in 40 states and in the District of Columbia.
Mark has chaired Georgia’s Charter Advisory Committee since its formation. Mark has served as President of the Technical College Foundation Association in Georgia. He serves as an Advisory Council member for Georgia State University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (GSU CIBER). He serves as a trustee of the West Georgia Technical College Foundation and as a Board member of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. Mark is also Director of Public Policy for the Coweta County School System.
Mark received the B.S.Ed. and the M.Ed. from the University of Georgia. He received the MBA from Georgia State University. For eighteen years, Mark worked with Bank of America building corporate relationships worldwide.