Mark was born in Camden, South Carolina and completed a bachelors degree in political science from the University of South Carolina. Mark received a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech and worked at Towson University and Gettysburg College before arriving at William & Mary to be the Associate Dean of Students and pursue a Ph.D.
When Mark is not at work, he loves spending time with his wonderful family. His wife Trista also works at the University, and they find Williamsburg a great place to raise a family. Their children are 17 and 14 and keep them busy.