Welcome to the McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education

Mark Bernhard Named Vice Provost for Continuing Education

Mark BernhardDr. 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 he 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.

The McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education (MCE&CE) serves as a gateway to the vast intellectual and technical resources at NC State University. Established in 1924 as the College Extension Division, MCE&CE has continually evolved to meet the educational needs of individuals, organizations, governmental agencies, and corporations. For more than 90 years, MCE&CE has proudly carried on the tradition of public service first established by Jane S. McKimmon, a pioneer in the field of continuing education.

Today, MCE&CE is a center in the truest definition of the word — a hub of activity encompassing a wide array of learning opportunities, professional meeting facilities, and University services. We have served over 231,831 participants at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. During this same time period, the units of the division have provided the continuing education needs of over 42,963 learners. The MCE&CE staff remains dedicated to sharing the University’s knowledge, resources, and providing excellent customer service. Through our partnerships, creative programming, dynamic member opportunities, and a comprehensive range of applied research and technical assistance, you will find the solutions to your continuing education, professional development, meeting facility, and public policy needs.

On behalf of MCE&CE, I am delighted you have chosen to visit our website. Please take a few minutes to review the programs within MCE&CE. We welcome the opportunity to discuss our programs and services while being of assistance to you.


Mark Bernhard
Vice Provost for Continuing Education

Center for Urban Affairs & Community Services

Public schools, government agencies and municipalities rely on Center researchers to help them make informed public policy decisions. [learn more]

Customized Contractual Education

Provides centralized financial and accounting services; identifies opportunities for expanded programs and partnerships; assists in measuring learning outcomes and impacts achieved; increases awareness of these initiatives. [learn more]

McKimmon Conference & Training Center

Provides meeting space, events management, technical services, print services and client support for any educational program or conference. [learn more]

Office of Professional Development

Program development and delivery on a wide range of topics, management, technical services and client support for any educational workshop, seminar, or conference. [learn more]

Office of Professional Development Technology Training

The Triangle’s leader in computer and networking training and certification. [learn more]

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Provides noncredit courses, study trips, and special events for adults over 50. [learn more]

The Collaborative

The Collaborative located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina is an unprecedented partnership between East Carolina University and NC State University. It has been designed to provide traditional and nontraditional educational offerings to the citizens of Eastern Carolina. [learn more]

Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council

The Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council (UCPLC) and the McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education (MCE&CE) at NC State University, have joined forces to provide educational and professional development support for teachers, principals, and administrators within the five counties of Eastern North Carolina as well as increasing student success and retention. [learn more]


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