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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 course 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 course within MCE&CE. We welcome the opportunity to discuss our course and services while being of assistance to you.


Mark Bernhard
Vice Provost for Continuing Education