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Mark A. Nook Biography

President Mark NookMark A. Nook began serving as the 11th president of the University of Northern Iowa on February 1, 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as chancellor of Montana State University Billings (MSUB). 

Originally from Holstein, Iowa, Nook has committed his Midwest education and values to higher education for many years and on many levels. He uses his enthusiastic leadership style to ensure each student reaches his or her educational, professional and personal life goals.

Prior to serving as the chancellor at MSUB from 2014-2016, Nook was the senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin System from 2011-2014. He also served as provost (2007-09 and 2010-11) and interim chancellor (2009-10) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and in a variety of roles at St. Cloud State University.

He graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics in 1980 before obtaining a master's degree in astrophysics from Iowa State University in 1983. Nook received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. 

President Nook and his wife, Cheryl, reside in the UNI President's House. They have three adult children and two granddaughters.