About the Superintendent

Dr. Mark Mulvihill is beginning his 30th year in education. Currently the Superintendent of IMESD, Mark has previous experience as a teacher, coach, principal, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (1987) and a Master of Teacher Education (1992) from Eastern Oregon State College. He earned his Doctorate of Education from Lewis and Clark College in 2007.

Mark is known across the state as an innovative school leader. In 2009, Mark was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo to serve, respectively, on the state’s Quality Education Commission and Race to the Top committee. In 2011, Mark was appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to serve on the newly created Oregon Education Investment Board, which served to establish a streamlined P-20 education system in Oregon.

Mark has received recognition for his leadership throughout the state and region. In January 2015, Mark was named "Boss of the Year" during the Pendleton First Citizen's Banquet. He received the Golden Apple administrative leadership award in 2012, and was twice selected as Administrator of the Year for the Hermiston School District. Mark received the Distinguished Principal of the Year award from the Eastern Oregon Elementary Principals Association in 2003, and in 2007 was named Oregon Administrator of the Year by the Oregon Association of School Libraries.

Mark is currently leading two significant regional projects. The Umatilla County Wraparound Program provides comprehensive services for students experiencing behavioral and emotional problems. In addition, Mark has worked closely with Blue Mountain Community College, Eastern Oregon University and Treasure Valley Community College administrators in the expansion of the Eastern Promise, an innovative collaboration between regional high schools and the post-secondary institutions to allow high school students to earn college credits during high school.

Mark is married to Kris, the Eastern Promise coordinator. They have three grown sons and reside in Pendleton.

More in this subject: