Mark Prus is the College's chief academic officer and provides leadership and vision to the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Professional Studies. He oversees athletics, enrollment management, graduate studies, information resources, institutional research, international programs, multicultural and gender studies, outdoor and environmental education, and sponsored programs.
A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Prus grew up in North Canton, Ohio. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Utah. He studied for his Ph.D. on a University of Utah Teaching Fellowship and a Marriner S. Eccles Fellowship in Political Economy.
Prus joined the SUNY Cortland Economics Department faculty in 1990 as a visiting assistant professor after having taught at SUNY Potsdam for five years. Two years later, he was promoted to associate professor. He attained the rank of professor in 2001. In 1997, he was named the department chair.
From January-July 2002, Prus served as interim associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He served as interim dean from July 2002 until March 2004, when he was permanently appointed as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
Prus has served as a consultant and expert witness on prevailing wage laws and their impact on public construction costs in California, Maryland, and Wyoming, as well as British Columbia, Canada. The Construction Labour Relations Association selected him for a research grant in 1996.
He is the author of numerous published papers and monographs focusing on women's labor market experience, occupational sex segregation, wage inequities and prevailing wage laws.
Prus, who resides in Homer, N.Y., has a son, Francis.