Member Biography

Dr. Mark Searle

Dr. Mark Searle is Deputy Provost and Chief of Staff at Arizona State University and holds the rank of Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development. As Deputy Provost and Chief of Staff, Dr. 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, Dr. Searle served as Vice-President for Academic Personnel. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Earlier in his career at ASU, Mark served as the Founding Dean of the College of Human Services and as Vice President and Provost of ASU’s West campus. Dr. 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, Dr. 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 Dr. 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. Dr. Searle is widely published on the relationship between leisure behaviour and the psychological well being of older adults. [updated 3/14]