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Mark Searle

Mark Searle

Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Office of University Provost
Arizona State University
PO Box 877805
Tempe, AZ 85287-7805


  • Executive Vice President and University Provost, Office of University Provost
  • Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


Mark Searle is executive vice president and university provost at Arizona State University. He holds the rank of professor in the School of Community Resources and Development in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Professor Searle coordinates the university’s international efforts, governing board relations, strategic goal setting, and other initiatives across the university. Prior to this current administrative appointment, Professor Searle served as interim provost, deputy provost and chief of staff, vice president for academic personnel, vice provost for academic affairs, founding dean of the College of Human Services, and as vice president and provost of ASU’s West campus. Professor Searle joined ASU after an extensive career in Canada where he was the founding director of the multidisciplinary Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Research Institute and head of an academic program in Recreation Studies at the University of Manitoba. Prior to his university appointment, Professor Searle served in various management positions within municipal and provincial government. The Provincial Government of Manitoba, the National Therapeutic Recreation Society and the University of Manitoba have honored Professor Searle for his achievements. He has been elected as a fellow of the Academy of Leisure Sciences and the Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Professor Searle is widely published on the relationship between leisure behaviour and the psychological well being of older adults.


  • PhD, Recreation Administration, University of Maryland
  • MPE, Physical Education, University of North Dakota
  • BA, Psychology and Political Science, University of Winnipeg

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