B.S., University of Arkansas at Little Rock; M.P.S.L., Christopher Newport University; Ph.D., Old Dominion University


Mark teaches Justice Studies courses, MJA courses, and is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Justice Administration. His research interests are police turnover and police leadership development.

Mark retired as a Lieutenant from the Virginia Beach Police Department in September 2009.  His last assignment was with the Department’s Operations Division in the 2nd Precinct as a Patrol Lieutenant.  In that assignment, he was responsible for leading night operations in the Oceanfront Community Oriented Policing area.

He previously served as a Sergeant in Professional Development & Training as the Department’s leadership development coordinator.  He served as the lead faculty member and coordinator for the Department’s West Point Leadership Course.  He also managed the Department’s multi-rater feedback program and served as a leader coach.  He was also responsible for developing leadership and followership training for the Department’s Basic Recruit Academy, the Field Training Officer’s Course, the Sergeant’s Preparatory Course, and the Field Training Sergeant’s Course.

Mark also served as a Patrol Sergeant, a Detective Sergeant, a Master Police Officer, a Drug Recognition Expert on the Department’s DUI Task Force, and a SWAT Officer.

Mark received a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master’s in Public Safety Leadership from Christopher Newport University.  He was awarded a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Urban Policy, with a cognate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University in August 2009.

Mark served 26 years on active and reserve duty and retired as a Major from the U. S. Army Reserve.  He served over 18 years as a Special Forces Officer, twice commanding a Special Forces A Detachment.