Biography

The Executive Assistant to the President serves on the Executive Council and coordinates activities and communication for the group, participates in formulating and administering college policies and developing long-range goals and objectives, researches significant matters requiring the President’s attention, prepares correspondence and other documents for the President, coordinates events and special projects at the College, serves as accreditation liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and coordinates meetings of the Board of Trustees and serves as its recording secretary.

Mark Graham returned to Emory & Henry in 2008 following a nearly two decade legal career in Abingdon, Virginia, which included being a shareholder and director in the law firm of Boucher, Hutton & Graham, P.C. He obtained his B.A. in history and political science from E&H. Thereafter, he earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law. For more than twenty years, he was involved with the Virginia Community College System, first as an instructor for paralegals at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon and later as a member of its board of directors. In 2002, he was appointed by the governor to the fifteen-member Virginia State Board for Community Colleges. He was reappointed in 2006 to the governing board and was elected its board chair for 2007-08 after having served as board vice chair, chair of the Audit Committee, and chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. A past assistant governor for Rotary and past president of the Abingdon Rotary Club, Mark received a Humanitarian Award from the Emory & Henry Alumni Association in 2005 for his leadership in providing a college education at E&H for a former Rotary Exchange Student from Bolivia. He serves as finance chair of Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Abingdon and is past president of The Crisis Center board of directors in Bristol. He lives in Abingdon with his wife, Tonya, and son.

Educational Background