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Cheshire's Mark A. Thompson, senior vice president for academic and student affairs at Quinnipiac University, has been promoted to the newly created position of executive vice president/provost.
In making the announcement, Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey said, “This promotion reflects both the board of trustees’ and my appreciation for Mark’s many previous accomplishments as dean of the School of Business and senior vice president for academic and student affairs, and our confidence in his leadership abilities and what we expect will be even greater contributions to Quinnipiac University in the years ahead.”
Effective July 1, 2013, Thompson will become Quinnipiac’s chief operating officer with broad authority and responsibility for internal operations, including academic affairs, student affairs, athletics, public safety, facilities and information technology.
“I think this change represents both an exciting opportunity and carries with it significant responsibility,” Thompson said. “Our ultimate responsibility is to make sure we are doing everything possible to ensure that students are well served by any change we make. Quinnipiac has been moving in a positive direction and I believe the creation of this position will facilitate a more effective integration of areas in ways that better serve students and continue to increase the quality of the educational experience. Quinnipiac University continues to thrive and I am happy to play a part in our continued success.”
Thompson has held the position of senior vice president for academic and student affairs since 2008. Before that, he spent five years as dean of the School of Business. He joined the university in 1998 as associate dean of the School of Business.
Thompson earned his doctorate in economics at Georgia State University. He also holds a MBA from Western New England University and a bachelor’s degree in economics/finance from Bentley College. He and his wife, Karyn, and their two daughters live in Cheshire.