Lynton Colloquium Panelist: Mark Lapping

Mark Lapping 1Mark B. Lapping is Distinguished Professor in the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine (USM) in Portland. He has just completed a multi-year term as Executive Director of the School. While at USM he served twice as provost/vice president for academic affairs. Previously he was founding Dean of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and associate director of the New Jersey Agricultural experiment Station at Rutgers University, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University, where he also was director of the Kansas Center for Rural Initiatives and the Kansas Center for Economic Development, founding director of the School of Rural Planning & Development at Ontario’s University of Guelph, and a faculty member in natural resources and forestry at his home state university, the University of Vermont. Author or coauthor of nine books, over 150 chapters, refereed journal articles and monographs, he has severed on numerous editorial boards as well as the boards of many organizations, including the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. He was a member of a NERCHE Chief Academic Officers Roundtable and was a NERCHE Fellow which allowed him time to reflect on his experience helping to rebuild Estonia’s national university in Tartu immediately after the fall of the Soviet Union. Currently he is a member of the New England Food Summit. Mark was educated at SUNY New Paltz, MIT, and Emory, where he received his Ph.D. in 1972.