Mark Harrington

Assistant Vice President, Student Success / Director of Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration / Assistant Professor of Graduate Education and Leadership

Ed.D. Regis College, Higher Education Leadership
M.S. Canisius College, College Student Personnel Administration
B.A. Emmanuel College, Counseling & Health Psychology 2937 Office: Old Main 317 / Churchill Tower 804

A former student affairs dean, chief mission officer, advancement and student life director, academic and career advisor, and student support advocate, Dr. Mark Harrington serves as the director of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) master's program and assistant professor of graduate education and leadership. Additionally, Dr. Harrington serves as Assistant Vice President for Student Success.

At Canisius, Dr. Harrington teaches courses in student affairs administraiton, higher education organizational leadership and management, strategic planning, student success, as well as independent research and seminars. Additionally, Dr. Harrington oversees all internship and practicum experiences for the HESAA program. Within the campus community, Dr. Harrington is faculty representative for the college-wide Retention Committee, on the steering board for the Center for Urban Education, the Title IX process faculty representative, and serves as the advisor for the graduate student association.

Prior to joining the School of Education & Human Services at Canisius College, Dr. Harrington served on the Student Affairs & Enrollment leadership team and the First Year Seminar faculty at Regis College, as an instructor in the master’s program in Higher Education at Merrimack College, and on the Board of Directors at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School and Mission Grammar School. For over a decade, he has been an advocate for student success in positions within academic affairs, advancement and alumni relations, and student life at Regis College, Emmanuel College, MCPHS University, Loyola University New Orleans, and the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Harrington has also served as a faculty member and trip leader for service-immersion experiences domestically and internationally.

Dr. Mark Harrington earned his bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College in Counseling and Health Psychology, master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College, and doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Regis College. His dissertation was entitled “Leadership and Mission: Understanding the Relationship Between Leadership Orientations and Mission Perception Among Executive Administrators in Catholic Higher Education.” 

Courses Taught:

HESA 501: Introduction to Student Affairs Administration
HESA 620: Counseling and Advising for Student Success
HESA 677: Capstone: Higher Education Leadership and Management
HESA 680: Internship 1
HESA 681: Internship 2
HESA 690: Special Topics in Higher Education
HESA 698: Comprehensive Seminar


Dr. Harrington is a member of many higher education and student affairs professional organizations including ACPA, NASPA, and the ASACCU. Dr. Harrington currently serves on the leadership team for the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrations (JASPA) and chairs the awards and recognition committee.


Dr. Harrington has received the Mission Integration Award from the Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU), Leadership in Action Award from Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, the Jennifer Grace Ford Campus Leadership Award from Emmanuel College, and the 2016 Academic Excellence Award as the top doctoral graduate from Regis College.