Mark Kennedy
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Mark Kennedy

"Kennedy doesn't ignore the elephant in the room; to the contrary, he looks it straight in the eye" John King – CNN

Mark Kennedy is President Elect of the University of North Dakota (UND).

Mark is a fourth generation Minnesotan and is the third generation of his family to live in North Dakota.

Kennedy's brings an unmatched range of global experiences as a senior executive at one of America's largest companies (Macy's), serving as a U.S. Congressman, advising both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama on international trade, and now leading George Washington University's (GWU) Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM).

Since assuming leadership of the GSPM, the graduate school has become widely acknowledged as the academic leader in global advocacy and digital engagement. It was recognized by PRWeek as the top public relations education program.

In his forthcoming book from Columbia Business School Press on Engaging to Win - When to Collaborate, When to Compete, Succeeding at Both, Kennedy updates the rules for business engagement with society reflecting the rise of activism and expanded political involvement in commercial affairs. He reveals how understanding the views of others and converting skeptics to embrace your aims are the keys to success, whether you are collaborating or competing.

Kennedy introduced the concept of "Shapeholders" to the field of business strategy - the political, regulatory, media, and activist actors that shape a firm's opportunities and risks. Kennedy reveals how to effectively engage shapeholders both at home and abroad to profitably advance business strategies while benefiting society.

Kennedy is Chairman of the Economic Club of Minnesota and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of Washington and the Chatham House in London. He is also affiliated with GWU's Elliott School of International Affairs' Institute for International Economic Policy.

Mark believes collaborating is essential to success. While a Republican Congressman, he partnered with twenty Democrats to introduce and lead legislation; more than half of the Democrats in the U.S. House co-sponsored one of his bills and nearly all voted in support of at least one of his initiatives.

Mark is a frequent commentator in media including BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, FOX, MSNBC, NPR, Politico, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post.

Kennedy has lectured or led research projects at the University of Pennsylvania / Wharton, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, NYU, Maryland, Minnesota, London Business School, HEC-Paris (Paris, Doha), Mannheim (Germany), LUISS (Rome), Deusto (Spain), Vienna, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing) Globis (Tokyo), Meiji (Tokyo), NUS-Singapore, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) and Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo).

A graduate of St. John's University, Kennedy received a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from The University of Michigan.

Mark and his wife Debbie have four adult children. Upon assuming office at UND, they will live in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Press Conference Upon Being Named President of UND - March 15, 2016

WDAZ Interview - March 15, 2016

GW Today Announcement - March 16, 2016