Dr. Mark Bernhard joined NC State University and the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, as the vice provost for continuing education, on August 26, 2019. Previously, he served as the associate provost for outreach and engagement at the University of Southern Indiana (USI), where worked to provide transformative leadership, focus, entrepreneurial spirit and strategic vision to direct USI’s Division of Outreach and Engagement. Previously, he served as the director of continuing and professional education for Virginia Tech.
Mark has spent much of his higher education career advocating for land-grant universities (Virginia Tech and Penn State), with a robust focus on building partnerships and programs for adult learners, entrepreneurial collaboration, and making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, organizations and communities.
For USI, he managed a 50+ person division responsible for the university’s lifelong learning, community engagement and opportunity development initiatives. At Virginia Tech, he oversaw his respective unit’s strategic planning, financial management, new business development and outreach development. Mark also managed a 3-year, $17.2 million Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement with the U.S. Army Research Office to conduct STEM outreach nationally to students from elementary school through college years. While at Penn State, he created and ran the internationally-covered "Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium," as well as the Outreach and Cooperative Extension Conference (now the Engaged Scholarship Consortium), a national conference focused on fostering engaged scholarship.