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Sargent, Ph.D.

Interim Academic Vice President

From: United States

At LCC Since: 2022


Mark Sargent joined the LCC faculty as the Interim Academic Vice President in August, 2022. He served previously as the Provost of Westmont College in California (2012-2021), Gordon College in Massachusetts (1996-2012), and Spring Arbor University in Michigan (1993-1996). A professor of English, Mark earned his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University, focusing on American literature. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

During his career as a Provost, Mark served in many national and regional leadership roles in the United States. In 2008, the Council of Independent Colleges selected him as the annual recipient of its National Chief Academic Officers Award. He has long enjoyed working with global education, and has taught or consulted in over 20 nations. As a Fulbright scholar, he taught courses in American civilization at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.

For his research on New England, Mark was awarded the Whitehill Prize in Early American History.  He has also written widely on literature, film, and higher education. Recently, some of his new essays on New England were printed in Boundary Crossings, a collaboration with the artist Bruce Herman. Currently, Mark is a senior fellow with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and serves on the advisory boards for Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford and the Lilly Fellows Program. In his free time, he loves traveling, reading, and riding his bike along the coast.