Mark Pontious serves as the Director of Parent & Family Programs, a position which he has held since October 2014. Mark has worked in higher education since 2007, primarily in the field of student/family orientation and transition. Mark holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree from Florida State University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Miami. Mark is an active member in NODA: The Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education. He is originally from Columbus, Ohio.
The Office of Parent & Family Programs works to engage all parents and families as vital partners in advancing the mission of Miami University to create citizen leaders. We value the experiences, perspectives, and wisdom of all families, and create connections that help families appropriately support student learning, transitions, and personal growth.
Parents & Family Members of Miami University students will be able to:
- Enact strategies to foster interdependence and decision-making skills in their student.
- Recognize developmental changes and stages experienced by young adults.
- Convey to their student the value of engaging with people who hold different beliefs and have different backgrounds.
- Identify the existence and purpose of campus resources.
- Appropriately encourage their student to take advantage of available academic and co-curricular opportunities.
- Articulate the purpose and importance of liberal education to the development of citizen leaders.