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Who is Mark? Currently the president of Antioch College, Mark has spent a vast majority of his career as a public sector “change agent,” advocating for changes in education that expand opportunity, rigor and new design models. Most recently, he served as superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), where he pursued an aggressive improvement agenda called “Excellence for All.” Under his leadership, PPS won a $40 million grant to maximize teacher effectiveness, opened innovative new schools, adopted a more rigorous curriculum, and inaugurated a nationally recognized program to recruit, train and support school principals. Mark also founded The Pittsburgh Promise, an initiative that raised more than $175 million to guarantee college scholarship dollars to PPS graduates who meet certain academic standards.