Vice President for Administration & Chief Financial Officer

Mark D. Ellard

Mark EllardMark Ellard is the Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer for Mississippi University for Women. He has more than 20 years of experience in administration and higher education.

Ellard is responsible for all areas of finance and administration, resources management, Plymouth Bluff and campus operations, as well as outsourced enterprises, human resources and university accounting.

He has served in leadership roles in the Alabama Community College System, more recently as interim president, as well as CFO. At Southern Union State Community College in Opelika, he oversaw multiple campuses and 5,500 students as interim president. Ellard also served as executive vice president for Bevill State Community College for more than a decade.

Ellard is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Alabama Society of Public Accountants and the Alabama Association of College and University Business Officers. He was named 2008 Financial Manager of the Year for the Alabama Community College System Financial Management Association and a 2007 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens’ Academy.

He holds a master of business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor of science in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama.