Bloomington Center’s newly hired Academic Coordinator, was born outside Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Northwest Indiana before relocating to Bloomington, IN in 2004. Prior to returning to college, he was a musician, worked in retail management and founded a successful computer consulting firm.
Originally a secondary education major, Mark received a BA in English from Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana. Currently a Ph.D. student in American Literature at Indiana University, he specializes the work of Jean Toomer, Sherwood Anderson, and Richard Wright. In addition to working for CIP, he is an Associate Instructor of Composition for Indiana University.
When not working, Mark is interested in music, film, and computers. His love of literature and technology converged when he led an internet campaign to release Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. With the assistance of fans from around the globe, Mark lobbied Warner Bros. and served as a liaison between Branagh’s Shepperton Studios and studio executives. In August 2007, to the delight of Shakespeare aficionados, Warner Bros. released the film on DVD worldwide.