Senior Associate Vice President, Corporate, Alumni, and Advancement Services
Mark joined Merrimack College in 2011. In Mark’s role as Sr. Associate Vice President of Corporate, Alumni, and Advancement Services, he provides strategic leadership to the College for managing the corporate engagement team, which focuses on building relationships with organizations seeking to hire Merrimack College students/graduates. In addition, Mark leads the alumni relations and advancement services teams within the division. He manages all resources for operations including data reporting, events, and system services.
Mark previously served as the Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the O’Brien Center for Career Development in which he focused on providing a comprehensive portfolio of career development services that assisted students by utilizing cutting-edge technology tools that prepared them for the skills that employers are seeking.
Mark was the Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs for the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University and Director of Management Development Programs at Boston University before joining Merrimack College in 2011. Mark has led the development of curriculum initiatives across program areas and partnered with other academic leaders from schools and colleges within Northeastern University and Boston University to offer their programs to a national and international audience. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences and has also been quoted in, and written articles for numerous publications.
Mark earned his B.S., Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Maine, M.Ed., Human Resource Training from Boston University, M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University, and Ed.D. in Higher Education from Northeastern University.
What does Mark wish he knew about career development when he was in college?
I wish I had engaged with the career center earlier in my academic career than I did. However, I did participate in a summer internship which was transformational for me. Through this internship, I subsequently changed my major which was one of my best decisions ever!
Assistant Director of Employer Engagement
Shannon has been a member of the employer-facing team at Merrimack College since August 2018, starting her time as the Corporate Engagement & Employer Relations graduate fellow. Shannon came to campus with experience in Admission in the Midwest and currently connects with employers building their organizational brand and recruiting strategies on campus in her role as our Assistant Director of Employer Engagement. If you have any questions about engaging with Merrimack talent through networking and recruiting events, send Shannon an email!
Shannon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Organizational Science from Coe College and her Master of Education in Higher Education at Merrimack College as a first-generation college student.
What does Shannon wish she knew about career development when she was in college?
It’s okay to meet with an advisor or participate in an event, even if you are unsure of what you’d like to do in the future. These appointments and events are meant to be ways you can learn about different career opportunities in your field(s) of interest. You can network with alumni who were in your shoes and hear about their career paths, hear about a job title you didn’t know existed, and so much more by just joining in!