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Mark Presnell

Executive Director

Executive Director

As Executive Director and through collaboration with the entire NCA staff, Mark sets priorities, secures resources, and builds partnerships that support the career development and success of Northwestern students.

Additionally, Mark communicates the career development needs and success of our students to senior university and student affair leadership and strengthens connections with alumni who provide education, consideration, and financial support for Northwestern students. Mark joined NCA in 2013.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Purdue University and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. Before joining Northwestern in 2013, Mark was the Director of the Career Center at Johns Hopkins University.  In addition, Mark has worked in various capacities in career services at The University of Rochester, The University of Virginia School of Architecture, and The University of Kansas. Mark has been continuously enrolled in or working in education since Kindergarten.

In another life, Mark might have worked on aircraft engines and propulsion systems since his first major in college was Aeronautical Engineering. Mark also likes spending his time exploring cultures through travel, watching dramas on Netflix, and eating good food.

Mark’s favorite advice for students: “Take time at Northwestern to explore many different career paths before selecting one.  Connect with us -- we are here to support your career development!”