Dr. Mark G. Hardy
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Mark G. Hardy was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs at Tennessee State University effective July 1, 2013. In this position, he oversees the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Public Service and Urban Affairs, School of Graduate Studies and Research, Division of International Studies and the Division of Library. He is also has fiduciary responsibility for the DAA’s budget (state and federal grants funded) and physical resources. Another integral part of the DAA is the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs which is responsible for advancing the research mission of the University. Prior this appointment, Dr. Hardy served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jackson State University. In this position, Dr. Hardy was responsible for the College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts, College of Public Service, College of Lifelong Learning, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Division of Graduate Studies, Division of International Studies and the Division of Library and Information Resources. He was also responsible for planning and managing the OAA’s budget (state and federal grants funded) and physical resources. Additionally, he was responsible for the Office of Enrollment Management which handled recruitment, enrollment, financial aid, and registration of students at the university.
Dr. Hardy also served as Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) at Jackson State. In this position, he was responsible for coordinating the academic, research, and service activities of the faculty, staff and students in the College which is composed of two Schools: School of Science and Technology and School of Engineering. He was responsible for planning and managing the college's 40 million dollar budget (state and federal grants funded) and physical resources, identifying and recruiting faculty to enhance quality instruction, research and community service, and evaluating faculty for promotion, tenure, and salary recommendations. In addition to his role as dean of the College, Dr. Hardy served as Director for the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program, a college-wide initiative designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and women who earn the Ph.D. in biomedically related fields.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Hardy was selected as CSET Associate Dean. In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the School of Science and Technology which is composed of six departments: aerospace science, biology; chemistry; mathematics; physics, atmospheric sciences, and geosciences; and technology. Dr. Hardy also served the University as Special Assistant to the Provost for Distance Education. In this position, Dr. Hardy was responsible for coordinating the University's E-Learning program. Additionally, he served as a liaison between OAA and the Office of Information Technology to address technical issues related to E-Learning.
Dr. Hardy also served the university as chair of the Department of Biology. In that position, he was responsible for the supervision and coordination of activities of 22 faculty members, 3 staff personnel, and over 900 undergraduate/graduate students. He also had the responsibility of planning and managing the department's budget (state and federal grants funded) and physical resources, identifying and recruiting faculty to enhance quality instruction, research and community service, and evaluating faculty for promotion, tenure, and salary recommendations. Additionally, Dr. Hardy developed and implemented faculty class schedules and teaching loads, and acted as a catalyst for increasing faculty research productivity and improving instructional and other skills.
Further, Dr. Hardy was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. The ACE Fellows Program is the premier higher education leadership development program in the country. It identifies and prepares senior faculty and administrators to become skilled in the leadership of change. The ACE Fellows Program is the only national, individualized, long-term professional development program in higher education that provides on-the-job experience to benefit participating institutions.
Dr. Hardy previously served as a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Jackson State where he was promoted through the ranks from assistant to full professor. He was a model teacher actively involved in research studying the physiology of microalgae in response to various external agents. Dr. Hardy was an effective grantsman bringing in over 1.5 million dollars in external funding from state and federal agencies. His school-wide responsibilities included serving as Site Coordinator for the Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (MAMP) Program and Director for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Program. Dr. Hardy was also active in JSU's Faculty Senate serving as departmental faculty senator, faculty senate secretary, vice president and president.
Dr. Hardy holds degrees from Jackson State University in Biology (B.S.), Biology (M.S.), and received his Ph.D. degree in Biology (Phycology) from the University of Alabama. He is only the second African American male to graduate with the Ph.D. in phycology from U of A. He also completed a year as a post-doctoral fellow at Alabama A&M University. There he supervised three laboratory technicians studying the fundamental investigation of nitrogen fixation by microalgal biofertilizers. He is married to the former Ms. Vivian Lewis and is the father of two daughters and two boys: Jessica, Viviauna, Gary and Austin.