McKinney joins Department of Health Policy and Administration

Mark McKinney has joined Penn State's Department of Health Policy and Administration as assistant teaching professor in the Master of Health Administration (MHA) programs.

McKinney brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education both as a faculty member and administrator. Previously, he served as an instructor for both graduate and undergraduate programs, and held positions such as associate dean of allied health and human services at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, and assistant director of social equity & diversity at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania.

McKinney comes to Penn State after retiring from nearly 20 years of military service with the United States Army. During his time with the Army, he served as a medical services corps commissioned officer where he performed medical operations, worked in information technology, logistics, human resources, finance and patient administration to both military and civilian health care facilities and organizations.

“Mark brings a unique perspective to the program from his military service including roles as chief of medical recruiting operations, brigade medical logistics officer and chief of medical information technology,” said Chris Calkins, executive director of Penn State’s Master of Health Administration programs, which has both resident and online learning options. “These experiences will benefit all of our students and will be especially relevant for our active-duty and veteran students representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

McKinney is active in a variety of civic, cultural and educational organizations such as the American Educations Research Organization, American College of Healthcare Executives, the Society of Logistics Engineers, Computing Technology Industry Association and more.

McKinney is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star, NATO, Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals.

Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, reading, golf and spending time with his family.

McKinney earned both his master of public administration degree and master of arts in procurement and acquisitions from Webster University, and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from The University of New England.

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Mark McKinney, assistant teaching professor, master of health administration programs Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated August 13, 2019