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Read Sioux Falls: Mark Blackburn

Mark Blackburn is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator, and a dynamic teacher. As the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Augustana University, he has full responsibility for acclimating students, faculty, and staff from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. He owns a consulting company and is the Chief Facilitator for MBJ Innovations, he has taken his training to the ultimate level and provides professional development for groups and individuals from a wide range of organizations, ages, and cultures. Mark additionally serves on the board for Establishing Sustainable Connections.

What are you reading right now?

Crisis, Compassion, and Resiliency in Student Affairs

Who is your favorite author?

Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Alex Haley, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou to name a few!

Favorite TV or film adaption of a book?

The Shawshank Redemption, The Color Purple:

Car reading: yea or nay?

Audiobook (I’m doing most of the driving)

Which do you prefer: audiobook, ebook or physical book?

All are great!

What is your favorite reading spot?

In my backyard in a patio chair under a tree.

What is your preference when it comes to books: new or used?


"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?

It was a dark and stormy night, for sure!

If you could have coffee with any author - dead or alive - who would it be? Why?

James Baldwin, I would like to feel his energy while we talk about societal issues. Also, Maya Angelo, to get inspiration from her in the flesh. The ability to hear her speak would empower me to keep striving and make a difference.


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