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Dr. Mark Nook

Dr. Mark NookMark Nook serves as Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin System Administration.  The University of Wisconsin System serves 180,000 students and employs more than 30,000 faculty and staff members.  The UW System is composed of two research universities, 11 comprehensive, master’s level universities, 13 two-year liberal arts transfer institutions, and UW Extension services.  Mark works directly with the 14 chancellors, 15 provosts, and 15 senior student affairs offices on issues related to academic and students affairs policy development, implementation, and assessment.  He oversees the office of Academic, Faculty and Global Programs; Inclusivity, Diversity, and Student Services; and Policy Analysis and Research.  Prior to his current position, he served as provost for three years and interim chancellor for one year at UW-Stevens Point. During Mark’s tenure at UWSP, international engagement was enhanced, the revision of the university’s general degree requirements was initiated, and the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technologies was developed and launched. Prior to living in Wisconsin, Mark worked at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) in Minnesota, becoming a full professor, department chair, and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. As the Dean, Mark was responsible for developing SCSU's First Year Experience Program and providing leadership to the academic support services on campus.  Mark also played a leadership role on issues of diversity and inclusivity at SCSU in serving as the chair of the committees that wrote the university’s Diversity Curriculum and Racial Issues Curriculum. He received his BA in physics and mathematics from Southwest Minnesota State University, a MS in astrophysics from Iowa State University, and a PhD in astronomy from UW-Madison.

Mark has served as a member of the Stevens Point Police and Fire Commission, chair and vice chair of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, and coached little league baseball and youth hockey.  He and his wife, Cheryl, enjoy outdoor activities and attending university cultural and athletic events.  Cheryl and Mark have three adult children and one grandchild.

Nook’s appointment will be on the Board of Regents agenda next week in Havre.  The board will vote on Friday, May 23.  Upon approval, Dr. Nook will assume his role as chancellor on July 1, 2014.

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