Mark Kretovics

Mark Kretovics, Ph.D

Higher Education Administration
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
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Dr. Mark Kretovics is an Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs at Kent State University. He received his Ph. D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University and also holds an MBA and an MS in Counseling and Student Development. His research interests include accreditation issues, business practices in higher education, and power & politics in higher education institutions. He has received two Fulbright Senior Specialists awards, one taking him to Kyrgyzstan and the other to Cambodia where he consulted on the issues of accreditation and organizational effectiveness. Mark has also been very active with the Higher Learning Commission for over 15 years. Currently he serves on the Institutional Actions Committee and is an institutional peer reviewer for all pathways to accreditation.

His publications include a sole authored book (Business Practices in Higher Education: A Guide for Today’s Administrators) a co-edited book (Financing Higher Education in a Global Market) and numerous peer reviewed articles. Mark had over 20 years of administrative experience within higher education before transitioning into his current faculty role. He served as a Dean of Students at two small colleges and finished his administrative career as the Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Assessment Services in the College of Business at Colorado State. While at Kent State he was tapped for two interim administrative roles within the College of Education, Health, and Human Services – Interim School Director for Foundations, Leadership, and Administration for one year and Interim Dean of the College for two years.


Ph.D., Education and Human Resource Studies, Colorado State University, M.B.A., Chaminade University of Honolulu, M.S., Counseling & Student Development, Radford University, B.S., Business Administration, Bowling Green State University


Business practices, accreditation and accountability, and power, Politics, and leadership

Research Methods

Quantitative (Preferred) and Qualitative


  • two Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards - Kyrgyzstan & Cambodia
  • Ohio College Personnel Association Distinguished Service Award 2018-19