Mark Brinkley is the Director of International Education in the Office of Diversity and International Affairs (ODIA) at Tennessee State University. ODIA engages the university’s multicultural community by providing intercultural and collaborative initiatives that support the strategic goals of TSU. He is native of Nashville with more than 20 years of experience in corporate America working for Fortune 500 companies such as the US Army, Mobil Oil and The Coca-Cola Company. He has a B.S. in engineering with a concentration in economics from the United State Military Academy at West Point and an MBA in operations from Emory University.
ODIA aspires to provide an inclusive learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff through shared experiences, relationship building, and international programming.
Mark Brinkley co-developed and engages TSU students with The Scholar in U Model for professional development. The undergraduate student is challenged to include the scholarly experiences–leadership, service learning, research, globalization, and pre-professional organizations into their degree programs. Students develop competence in the principles of undergraduate learning to include core communication and quantitative skills, analysis, critical thinking, integration and application of knowledge. Accountability, morals, and ethics are stressed through curricular and co-curricular activities. These experiences build on TSU’s long tradition and commitment to Think, Work, and Serve. The student’s experiences include continuous intellectual growth and they graduate being better-prepared to face global challenges.
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