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Rev. Mark Poorman, C.S.C., President-ElectCurrent Position: Executive vice president at University of Portland since 2011. He oversees the divisions of University operations, financial affairs, University relations and student affairs. He also has served as a professor of theology and pastoral resident of Schoenfeldt Hall.
Other Higher Education Experience: Vice president for student affairs, executive assistant to the president, executive assistant to the executive vice president, associate director of campus ministry, master of divinity program director, theology professor, and pastoral resident, all at the University of Notre Dame; theology instructor, Seattle University.
Childhood: Raised in Phoenix, Ariz., Bakersfield, Calif., and Springfield, Ill. His father was the founding president of Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield in 1967. He has described those early years as formative, helping to shape his belief in the value of education.
Education: B.A. in English, University of Illinois; M.Div., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union (Dissertation: "Pastoral Moral Discernment in the Roman Catholic Tradition: Toward a Foundational Ethic and Critical Method")
Area of Academic Expertise: Moral theology and its pastoral implications. Among the topics on which he has written and lectured are health care ethics, character ethics, pastoral ministry, sexuality, student life in higher education, and Catholic higher education.
Ordained a Congregation of Holy Cross priest: 1982
Other: Member of Phi Beta Kappa; served as a bioethics consultant for St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, Ind.; instrumental in creating UP's Dundon-Berchtold Initiative in Moral Formation and Applied Ethics, a RISE Campaign gift funded by Amy Dundon-Berchtold and Jim Berchtold ’63, designed to ensure that the University meets its “aspirations both to form the moral character of its students and to conduct sustained ethical reflection in applied aspects of business, science, engineering, education, health care and the arts.”
Thoughts on being UP's 20th president: "I am humbled, yet excited, to take on this next challenge, leading a University with an exceedingly bright future."