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Mark Wills Named Dean of Niswonger Campus
July 1, 2019

Mark Wills has been named the dean of Walters State’s Niswonger Campus in Greeneville. 
A Greene County native, Wills has served as interim dean since July, 2018. He was selected as dean following a search process to fill the position.
“Mark has served admirably in every position he has held at the college. His passion for students and his involvement in the community will ensure that the Niswonger Campus continues to grow and meet the educational and workforce needs of Greene and surrounding counties,” said Dr. Tony Miksa, president of the college.
Wills was an adjunct computer and information science professor while a co-owner of Excalibur Computers in Greeneville in the late 1990s. He left to pursue a master’s in divinity at Vanderbilt University, but could not turn down an offer to return to the college full-time as a media specialist in 2011.  In 2013, Wills was promoted to coordinator of instructional support and student success.
Wills stepped into the dean’s role at a critical time. The new Niswonger Campus opened to students in fall, 2017. This summer, landscaping and final interior touches are being completed at the campus.
“This is an exciting time to be at the Niswonger Campus. I’ve enjoyed watching everything come together. We’ve got a great faculty and staff, and our students are wonderful,” Wills said.
His goals as dean match the mission of Walters State: to increase the ability of students to earn a degree and succeed in the pursuit of their life and career goals. 
“Education is transformative. It has changed my life, and I want others to have that experience. We have so many great programs and, with Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, so many students can attend tuition-free. I want to reach out and let everyone know those resources are available,” Wills said.

Wills is looking forward to working with business and industry leaders to identify new programs needed in the area. He cites the occupational therapist assistant program, which just graduated its first class, as a program created to meet a need in the community. 

“The physical therapist assistant program will be expanding to the Niswonger Campus this fall. We are also looking at expanding our technical education offerings,” Wills said.
Wills and his wife, Jana, live in Greeneville. She is an educator with the Greeneville City School System. 

In the photo: Mark Wills has been named dean of Walters State’s Niswonger Campus in Greeneville.