Samford University has named Dr. J. Mark Bateman of Baylor University
as its new Associate Provost. He will have broad responsibilities providing
administrative support to Provost Brad Creed, Samford’s chief academic
Bateman has been Executive Associate Dean of the Baylor School of Education
since 2001 and a member of the Baylor education school faculty and administration
The new Associate Provost,
who will join Samford August 16, will also hold the rank of Associate
Professor of Education.
“With his broad range of experience in a variety of settings
and his commitment to Christian higher education, Mark Bateman will be
a great resource for the Samford community,” said Dr. Creed. “He
is looking forward to meeting and working with our faculty, and I am
pleased that he has accepted the position.”
Bateman was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Baylor education
school from 1999 until 2001. He held the rank of associate professor
in the education school’s Department of Educational Administration
throughout his tenure at Baylor.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Bateman holds the Ed.D degree in educational
leadership and policy studies from Indiana University. He is a graduate
of Carson-Newman College with an M.A. degree from Bowling Green State
Prior to joining Baylor, he was assistant professor in the College
of Education at Louisiana State University during 1994-1996, where he
taught doctoral level courses. He was special assistant in the Texas
lieutenant governor’s office during 1992-1994 and policy analyst
for higher education to the Texas Senate Education Committee during 1990-1991.
Bateman served as Dean of Student Development at Carson-Newman during
1989-1990 and as Director of Residence Life at Texas Wesleyan College
He has written book chapters and scholarly articles on educational
subjects and served as co-editor of the book, Condemning Students
to Debt: College Loans and Public Policy, published by Teacher College
Press of New York in 1998.
Bateman and his wife, Lori, are parents of two daughters, Katy Grace,
4, and Sara, 2, and are in the process of adopting a child from China.
Lori is completing an M.A. in religion with an emphasis on bioethics.