Published: Mon Apr 25, 2011Mark A. Stephens will take on the responsibilities as Tennessee Tech University's chief academic officer when his appointment as interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs takes effect June 22. TTU President Bob Bell says Stephens will serve in that role until the successful completion of a search to fill the position left open by the retirement of Jack Armistead this June.
"Mark Stephens has performed admirably in his current role as associate provost, and I am fully confident that he will serve in this new role with distinction," said Bell.
Stephens holds a doctorate and master's degree in economics from the University of Tennessee. He earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in international trade and finance.
Stephens joined TTU as a College of Business faculty member in 1980. His primary teaching responsibilities focused on the principles of economics, economic development, international economics and environmental economics.
In the mid-1990s, he participated on a team to develop an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree, World Cultures and Business, offered by the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences. From 1998 to 2007, he co-directed that program and for most of that period, 2000-2007, he was also the chairperson of the economics, finance and marketing department.
Stephens was integral in developing international experience courses, providing students with travel experiences to Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Stephens teamed with colleagues to help establish the privately funded Heidtke Investment Center in the College of Business and the Rural Economic Development Institute under the direction of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Rural Education. He also has served as a Tennessee Board of Regents academic auditor and continues to serve as an academic auditor.
For about a year he served the university as interim associate vice president for Academic Affairs and as interim dean of the College of Business. Since 2008, he has held the leadership position as associate provost/associate vice president for Academic Affairs.
In recent years, he worked with representatives from TTU and a partner university in Aachen, Germany, to establish a new dual degree business program that will launch this fall. He also served as the academic resource person on the task force to develop a bachelor's degree in environmental and sustainability studies.