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Biography



Mark Lombardi, PhD, has served as president of Maryville University since 2007. In that time, Maryville has achieved unprecedented growth and earned national distinction for leading an exciting revolution in higher education.

Dr. Lombardi is the tenth president named since the institution’s founding in 1872.

Career Achievements

For 30 years, at three different institutions, Dr. Lombardi has served as a faculty member, department chair, director of international programs, vice president for Academic Affairs, provost and president. He has also served as executive director of the U.S.-Africa Education Foundation.

Dr. Lombardi has significant teaching experience in U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-Soviet relations, African politics and global issues. He was a tenured professor at the University of Tampa and the College of Santa Fe. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the board of trustees of the College of Santa Fe in 2007.

Dr. Lombardi earned his doctorate and master’s in political science and international relations from The Ohio State University and his bachelor’s in political science from Purdue University.
His published works include three books: Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Global Issues (ninth edition); The Unfolding Legacy of 9/11; and Perspectives on Third World Sovereignty: The Post-Modern Paradox.

Leading the Revolution in Higher Education

Since his 2007 inauguration, Dr. Lombardi has provided visionary leadership for Maryville University. Nationally, he is recognized as a thought leader in the higher education revolution and is frequently called upon to address Maryville University’s significant advances in educational access, technology, partnerships and developing an individualized path for students to learning and success.

Personal Statement about Higher Education

“I believe in innovative higher education, which ultimately removes barriers to learning and creates greater access to education for all students. At Maryville, we are creating a model to transform the future of high education at a pace more common in the entrepreneurial world than in academia. Our efforts focus on putting the student at the center of the learning process. We not only tailor academic experiences based on students’ abilities and learning styles, we also deliver proven graduation and career placement outcomes.”

During Dr. Lombardi’s tenure, enrollment at Maryville University has doubled to over 8,000 students, hailing from 50 states and 60 countries. U.S. News and World Report has named Maryville the third fastest-growing private university in the nation in 2017, and in 2013 and 2014 named Maryville the #1 Overperforming University in the United States. In addition, Maryville has also been ranked in the top 15 percent of universities nationwide for ROI three consecutive years. Five academic programs are now ranked nationally, and 97 percent of Maryville graduates have a job or enroll in advanced education programs within six months of graduation. The University has continued to develop strategic partnerships with corporate entities such as Apple, Salesforce and Pearson.

Volunteer Work

Dr. Lombardi was recently elected chair of the St. Louis Sports Commission and is a member of the NCAA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion as well as a longtime participant in the NCAA Pathways program. He currently serves on the Great Lakes Valley Conference Council of Presidents (Chair, 2013-2017), and he is a member of the Lifelong Vision Foundation. Previously, he served as a board member with Boys Hope Girls Hope, Wells Fargo, the Executive Committee of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, the Foreign Affairs Council and the US-Africa Education Foundation.