Mark Kinders, Vice President for Public Affairs

Mark Kinders, Vice President for Government RelationsA 36-year veteran of public higher education and the media, Mark Kinders joined Central as Vice President for Public Affairs in January 2012 from his previous position as the Vice President for University Relations at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla.

Kinders joined NSU in 2008 after serving as Director of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls (UWRF) since 1985.

During his tenure at NSU, Kinders guided that institution through an integrated branding and marketing campaign and constructed a comprehensive state and federal relations program to complement grants activities and to pursue federal directed funding.

Kinders also served on a Northeast Oklahoma regional planning group of more than 60 partners that recently completed its third annual summit to address economic development, environmental stewardship and social issues in a 14-county area. He chaired the Common Vision, Common Voice regional action team that is determining the region's organizational structure for implementing its 14-county plan, establishing a state and federal public policy agenda, and determining a regional branded identity.

Nationally, Kinders is actively engaged in the American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) which educates 3.5 million students at 410 institutions and systems. He has served the association as chair of its Advisory Council on Communications and Public Affairs and he represents AASCU institutions on the National Higher Education Government Relations Conference. He also is a member of the editorial board for AASCU's national magazine, "Public Purpose."

Prior to his service at UWRF Kinders spent 10 years as a reporter and editor with the Lee Newspapers of the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune and the Decatur (Ill.) Herald and Review.

Kinders holds a bachelor's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Illinois, a master's in history from UWRF, and a master's of public affairs through the Executive Program at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.