Dr. Mark Lombardi is the tenth President of Maryville University and has served since 2007. During his tenure, Maryville University has grown enrollment to over 7,800 students hailing from 50 states and 55 countries. US News & World Report has named Maryville the 3rd fastest growing University in the nation and in 2013 and 2014 named Maryville the #1 Overperforming University in the country. In addition, Maryville has also been ranked in the top 15% of Universities nationwide for ROI for three consecutive years.
In addition to fundraising initiatives that have netted over $150 million dollars for projects in the arts, academic learning space, international programs, learning technology and student services, Dr. Lombardi has done over 200 interviews for radio and television
on politics, international issues as well as innovation and the future of higher education. Dr. Lombardi is a noted author, publishing several articles and three books, one of which is now in its 9th edition. Dr. Lombardi earned a PhD and master’s degree in political science and international relations from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Purdue University.
Born in Cranston, Rhode Island, Dr. Lombardi’s grandparents came from Italy as children. Members from both sides of his Italian family live in and around Naples.