Mark Eckman

Executive Director of Education Abroad
eckmanm [at]

Mark began his career in education abroad in 2007 at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM), and later that year he took on the role of Assistant Director of Global Student Services at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. While at St. John’s he was part of an effort to dramatically increase participation in education abroad programs, the result of which was a 400% increase over his four-year tenure at the institution.

Mark returned to UWM in 2011 as the Director of Study Abroad in the Center for International Education’s Study Abroad Office. During his time at UWM, Mark expanded access to programs for students, created a more robust emergency response protocol, engaged faculty program leaders from traditionally underrepresented academic areas, and positioned UWM as a leader in international education within Wisconsin.

In 2017 Mark stepped into the role of Senior International Officer, providing oversight and leadership for the Center for International Education. As SIO he worked to strengthen the connections between incoming and outbound students, and facilitated strategic planning and coordination of international education initiatives across the institution.

Mark joined the International Programs Office in 2019, as the Director of Education Abroad. In this position he is responsible for all outbound international education programs, including semester and exchange programs, as well as faculty-taught programs.

Having studied and lived abroad, Mark is an accomplished international traveler. His first international trip, at the age of five, planted the seed early. When not traveling, professionally or personally, Mark is most often found spending time with his wife and two kids, exploring parks and other outdoor pursuits, and, whenever possible, riding the back roads of western Massachusetts.