Coleman Named VP of Administration and Finance
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 [9:22 AM]
Mark Coleman says LWC's mission "is very exciting to me because it
nicely with my personal goals of learning every day and being a
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Mark Coleman has
been named vice president of administration and finance of Lindsey
Coleman replaces Roger Drake, who is leaving
Lindsey Wilson to become the 26th president of Central
Methodist (Mo.) University.
"Mark is a bright person who stood out among a deep
and talented pool of applicants," said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. "He has a passion for
the liberal arts, and he understands how higher education is
evolving and Lindsey Wilson's place in the new
Coleman comes to LWC from Cabarrus
College of Health Sciences, where he was chief financial
officer for the North Carolina school.
At LWC, Coleman will help manage a $58 million
budget that includes more than 385 faculty and staff. LWC enrolled
a record 2,677 students in 2012-13.
Coleman -- who earned a bachelor's degree from Denison (Ohio)
University and an MBA from Duke University -- said he has a passion for
liberal arts colleges.
"My education at Denison University has allowed me
to expand my career path as my interests and skills have evolved,
making me a passionate believer in the value of a liberal arts
education," he said. "Such an education taught me how to think and
adapt while simultaneously broadening my perspective."
Coleman said he was attracted to LWC because of its
mission "to serve the educational needs of students by providing a
living-learning environment within an atmosphere of active caring
and Christian concern."
"The LWC mission is very exciting to me because it
it meshes nicely with my personal goals of learning every day and
being a servant leader," he said.
A cinema and philosophy major at Denison, Coleman
has also worked in the film industry and for Wachovia Capital
"My unconventional career path -- from film to
corporate and investment banking to higher education -- illustrates
what makes a liberal arts education so valuable and gratifying," he
said. "At each stage of my diverse career, my liberal arts
experience prepared me to excel in new subjects and skills and to
bring an innovative perspective to each position that was welcomed
"I am excited to take what I have learned both in
the classroom and on the job to help Lindsey Wilson continue to
thrive. For me, it is a way to pay forward the gift of my education
to the next generation."
Coleman and his wife, Maggie, have two sons: Gabe,
4; and Ty, 3. He said Columbia-Adair County's quality of life
appealed to his family.
"It is very evident that people love living here
and take an immense amount of pride in the town and the college,"
he said. "My wife and I both grew up in small towns, and we wanted
our kids to enjoy that experience as well."