Dr. Mark Hower Named Interim Provost/CEO
Dr. Mark Hower has been named Interim Provost and Campus CEO for Antioch University Los Angeles. Dr. Hower brings multiple dimensions and experiences to the position. He comes to AULA from Antioch’s Seattle campus, where he held many roles including core faculty, program chair, program director, and interim president. Dr. Hower is a two-time Antioch alumnus, with an MS in Management and a PhD in Leadership and Change.
Hower began work at Antioch University Seattle in January 2000 as an associate faculty in the MS Management Program and later as the program director. He was as a founding member of the faculty team that developed and taught in the Center for Creative Change, a graduate program with an integrated curriculum, supporting five master’s degrees. His courses included Systems Thinking, Leadership, Strategy, Global Pluralism, and Methods in Social Change.
As part of his core faculty role, Dr. Hower served as chair of the Planning and Budget Committee, the Outcomes Committee, and Academic Council. In addition to being core faculty, he also held various administrative assignments, including program chair, special assistant to the president, and interim president.
After receiving his BA from Whitman College, Dr. Hower served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa as a water well construction coordinator. His relationship with the Peace Corps began as a child in Brazil and Guyana where his parents were both members of the Peace Corps. His background includes service as both a Peace Corps volunteer and professional staff member. As a volunteer, he coordinated construction of over 40 water wells in Sierra Leone. As a staff member, he was as a recruiter and Country Desk Officer for several startup programs and Country Director for the program in the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific.
Dr. Hower is married to Kelly, a primary school teacher and poet, and together they have raised a daughter, Roslyn, who is attending graduate school at the University of Washington.