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Searle named deputy provost and chief of staff

Mark Searle
January 16, 2014

Mark Searle, professor in the School of Community Resources and Development, has been named deputy provost and chief of staff in the Office of the Provost.

As deputy provost and chief of staff, he will oversee operations of the provost office and cross-cutting programs and initiatives.

Searle has previously served ASU in several administrative roles, including vice president for academic personnel from December 2006 until June 2012, vice president and provost of ASU's West campus from 2004 to 2006 and vice provost for academic affairs from 2002 to 2004.

"Mark brings an incredible tool kit of experience back to the provost office,” said Robert Page, university provost. “He is widely respected because of his knowledge, fairness and consistency in the execution of his duties."

“ASU has achieved much in this new millennium, and this new position will be a great opportunity to contribute to that continuing achievement,” said Searle. “I look forward to working collaboratively with Provost Page and all those with whom I engage in our work together.”

Searle came to ASU's West campus in 1995, where he served as the founding dean of the College of Human Services until 2002. He began his work at ASU after an extensive career in Canada, where he was the founding director of the multidisciplinary Health Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute and head of an academic program in Recreation Studies at the University of Manitoba.

Prior to his university appointment, he served in various management positions with municipal and provincial government departments. He also has served as a consultant to various federal provincial and municipal governments, hospitals and nonprofit organizations.

He received a bachelor's in psychology and political science from University of Winnipeg in 1976, a master's in physical education from the University of North Dakota in 1979 and a doctorate in recreation administration from University of Maryland in 1988.