|Secretary to the University and Executive Assistant
to the President John Marr
“I am thrilled to welcome John Marr back to our campus to serve as my right-hand person,” Erickson said. “John brings tremendous skills, an engaging personality, wonderful credentials and a love for Wittenberg. His engagement is also critical for moving our strategic planning efforts forward to make this great place truly extraordinary.”
For the last 17 years, Marr has served in numerous leadership capacities at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio, most recently as dean of the Career and Technical Programs Division. As dean, Marr provided senior-level management and leadership for the college’s applied sciences academic division, which consists of 12 departments. He also directly supervised and/or approved all personnel-related actions, prepared and controlled the division’s annual budget of $23.4 million for the fiscal year 2006, oversaw strategic planning and management of major division projects and activities, and advised the president and provost on key matters of college policy affecting students, faculty and staff.
During his tenure, Marr also served as part of a larger team that helped position the college as the top associate degree-granting college in Ohio and 44th in the nation for the 2002-2003 academic year. In addition, he assisted in the development and implementation of more than 20 technical degree programs and certificates.
Prior to his current position, Marr served as dean of the Business and Engineering Technologies Division and dean of the Business and Public Services Division at Columbus State as well as the Assistant for Academic Affairs. He began his career in higher education in 1984 as an admission counselor at Clark State Community College in Springfield, and was quickly promoted to director of admission in 1985, where he remained until joining the Columbus State team in 1989.
A proven leader in community engagement, Marr has also regularly worked with business and industry leaders throughout his career to develop mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborative projects. At the same time, Marr is a member of several boards and professional associations, including the Accreditation Review Panel for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He was also a member of the board of the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from 2000-2005, and he has served his alma mater on a number of occasions, including as president of Wittenberg’s Alumni Board.
In his new capacity at Wittenberg, Marr will be responsible for not only advising the president on numerous issues, but also representing the office in public settings, leading key presidential initiatives and facilitating the university’s strategic planning implementation process.
“I wish all of the major decisions in my life were this easy to make,” Marr said. “Twenty-five years since my graduation, Wittenberg still feels as welcoming as it did when I studied here. Mark has already shown himself to be a great addition to the college, and when he asked me to become part of the campus community, I knew it was time to come home. I look forward to doing everything I can to help strengthen this wonderful institution.”
A psychology major at Wittenberg, Marr went on to earn his M.S. in business and industrial counseling from Wright State University and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He and his wife, Tina, also a Wittenberg alumna from the class of 1982, have two children, Lucas, 8, and Ian, 5.
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