CMU’s Mark Stone Changes Roles

Keeps student activities work, adds athletics

StoneMark Stone has never been afraid of long hours and hard work. It's a good thing, too, because Central Methodist University is about to ask a good deal more of the veteran administrator.

Stone, currently the assistant dean of student activities, will become assistant dean for athletics and student activities. The appointment is effective July 1, according to Ken Oliver, vice president for institutional growth and student engagement.

The appointment essentially means that Stone, a Central alumnus (Class of 2005), will keep doing everything he was doing in student activities – and adding responsibilities with the Eagle athletic department. The position involves a restructuring of administrative duties at CMU.

"I am very honored and excited about my new position at Central Methodist University," Stone said. "I love working at CMU and I love working with students, so it can't get much better than this. I am looking forward to this opportunity and pledge to give my best effort towards this new endeavor."

Principal new responsibilities Stone will face include management of the Philips-Robb Recreation Center, management of CMU athletics facilities, event management, and budget oversight. He will supervise the student work-study employment program for CMU athletics, and help coordinate scheduling of athletics and practice facilities.

Stone will continue his student activities duties, including coordination of CMU new student orientation programs, advisement of the Student Government Association, and intramurals and recreational sports.

One task Stone will surrender will be his job as Resident Director for CMU's McMurry Residence Hall. He and his wife Amanda, who recently celebrated the birth of their first child Matthew, will move out of the hall at the close of the current school year.

Stone obtained his bachelor's degree from CMU in 2005, majoring in communications and minoring in business. A native of Cape Girardeau, Mo. he obtained his master's degree from Central in 2006. He joined CMU in August 2007 after working for a year as a residential coordinator for Endless Options, a local nonprofit in Fayette.

His new role in Eagle athletics is a natural one for the former CMU track and cross country athlete. Stone is even a member of CMU's Hairston Hall of Fame, through his participation on the 2002 Eagle cross country team that was inducted in the Hall in 2009.


Posted April 15, 2014