Mark Emblidge
Vice President, Special Projects


Mark E. Emblidge joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2012 and is vice president for special projects. Prior to joining SREB, Mark served as an SREB board member from 2004 to 2008 and as vice chair from 2008 to 2012. He was also the director of the Literacy Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, he served four terms on the Richmond County School Board in Virginia and was elected to three terms as chairman. In 1996, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the board of the National Institute for Literacy, where he served four years as chairman. He was appointed to the state board of education by Virginia governors Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine, and he served as board president from 2006 to 2010. From 2010 to 2012, he was the education advisor to President Barack Obama’s Special Envoy to Sudan. He holds a doctorate in education in administration and supervision from the University of Virginia’s Curry School, where he is a professor.