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School of Education's Mark Baron recipient of Excellence in Education Award by AdvancED

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Mark Baron, Ph.D., chair of the Division of Educational Administration within the School of Education at USD, has been awarded the Excellence in Education Award by AdvancED for his contribution to PK-12 schools and higher education in South Dakota.

AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving more than 30,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in more than 70 countries that educate over 16 million students.

The Excellence in Education Award was introduced in 2009 to recognize one individual in each of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) states for his/her achievements in education. Nominees are judged on their contributions of:

  • Generating a common vision and mission for higher expectations among students, faculty, and the education community.
  • Demonstrating a record of significant and distinguished contribution to the education profession.
  • Providing a lasting positive impact on student learning.
  • Serving as a role model and mentor for students and/or future generations of educators.
  • Demonstrating significant professional contribution to NCA CASI and SACS CASI.

Baron, who joined the School of Education faculty in 1991, has spent more than two decades in higher education. Prior to USD, he taught high school science in Baltimore City and American Overseas schools, and was high school principal in American Overseas schools. Baron received his Ph.D. and M.A. in educational administration from the University of Alabama, a master’s of education in secondary education from Towson University and a B.A. in biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A photo of Baron is available for download at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News