Mark has served 31 years in education as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, athletic director, special education director, building principal and superintendent, Recently, Mark served 5 years as Superintendent for Grant SD #3 after serving 12 years as the Principal of Grant Union High School. Twenty-nine of the thirty-one years in education has been in schools in Eastern Oregon including Adrian School District, Ontario School District, and Grant School District.
Mark has a Master’s in Education from Oregon State University and received his administrative coursework from Lewis and Clark College and the University of Oregon. He is an active member of the Confederation of School Administrators (COSA) serving in various capacities as the President of the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators, Board Member of the Oregon Association of School Executives, Vision and Policy Steering Committee, Legislative Advisory Committee (COSA) and a Board Member for COSA. He has also had the opportunity to serve at the request of Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of the Oregon Department of Education, in a statewide committee charged with providing viable options in restructuring Educational Service Districts. This past year Mark was appointed to the Oregon Schools Athletic Association Board of Directors. He has a lifelong commitment in his support of the FFA which has earned him two Honorary Chapter Farmer Degrees, One in Grant School District and the other in Adrian Oregon.
Mark and his wife Julie enjoy living and working in Baker. They have four grown children including Wayne, who is currently working in John Day, Oregon for the USFS; Brennon who is attending TVCC to become a Registered Nurse; Ashley who has taught elementary students and currently taking time off to raise her family in Sherwood, Oregon and Braden who is attending College at BYU studying computer engineering. They enjoy time spent with their two grandchildren Lucy and Parker.