Mark Gesner, Ph.D
Executive Director of Academic & Community Engagement
Mark Gesner, Ph.D. is an experienced educator and organizational leader with a deep commitment to mutually beneficial partnerships and community development. He has created and led courses and seminars about leadership, organizational development and cross cultural management for
undergraduate and graduate students as well as for professionals of all ages. Dr. Gesner has facilitated strategic planning and evaluation processes for businesses, nonprofit organizations and public agencies on the local, national and international levels. His approach to teaching and learning
is highly interactive, practical and engaging.
Dr. Gesner came to Cardinal Stritch University in 2012 and first served as the College of Business and Management Faculty Chair of Community Engaged Learning and Leadership. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Gesner oversaw the University’s business student
internship program and worked closely with business advisory board members to build new programs and partnerships. He is the host of the university’s high profile speaker’s series entitled Business Leaders with a Consciencein which successful alumni return to campus to discuss how their leadership
approaches align with their values. As the Executive Director of Academic and Community Engagement, Dr. Gesner is focused on supporting the University’s four colleges as they enhance efforts regarding strategic partnerships, innovation, and engaged learning.
Prior to his work at Stritch, Dr. Gesner served as the Director of Community Development for the University of Wisconsin – Parkside where he taught and oversaw programs in civic engagement, workforce development, diversity, youth mentoring, and program evaluation. Before his career in
higher education, Dr. Gesner served on the local, regional and national level for Hostelling International – USA (HI – USA), an organization dedicated to educational travel and cross-cultural exchange. During his tenure with HI - USA, Dr. Gesner was a hostel manager, a regional organizational development and
operations director, and eventually, the organization’s national director of education and resource development.
Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kim Davis, Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, arrived at Stitch in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Consumer Science from Mount Mary University, and plans to earn her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Stritch.
Prior to coming to Stritich, Davis worked as a Sr. Executive Assistant to the President of Urban Day School and as Executive Assistant to the Sr. Vice President of Finance at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
As the Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, she is responsible for collateral meeting preparation, minutes, work with the Board of Trustees, calendaring, travel planning and general administrative support to the Provost and Office of Academic Affairs.