Ed Harper

Pathfinder 1 Recording: Build Your Continuing Education Department into a Profit Center

PathFinder Session 1 - downloadable document below

Session Speaker:

Mark Koulianos

Mark Koulianos

Director, USF Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education, mgkoulianos@usf.edu
As the Executive Director of the USF Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education, Mark Koulianos is a firm believer that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” This adage reflects his passion to help create a world-class workforce in Tampa Bay— one that brings value to our region. Mark brings extensive corporate experience to his role and with access to the tremendous academic resources of the USF community, he guides the mission of the CTPE office: to build and deliver professional workforce development and training programs for individuals and companies in the area.  Mark also serves as the Lead consultant for Hire ED Consulting LLC, helping other universities and colleges run successful continuing education programs.

Mark is a USF alumnus and holds bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Accounting. Mark also has a graduate certificate in Strategic Intelligence. He spent over 20 years in the corporate world and, in between, owned an import and export company specializing in gourmet coffee and a consulting company that focused on operations excellence. Mark worked with the Nielsen Company for 14 of those years, performing various finance, project management, and operations-management roles. He was known as a change agent who delivered results and developed talent around him. In the last half of his tenure at Nielsen, Mark traveled extensively as Director of Global Operations and concentrated on turning around underperforming business units and integrating newly-purchased companies’ operations into the Nielsen model.


Guest Panelist:

Kathy Barnes

Kathy Barnes

Associate Director, Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education, University of South FL, barnesk@usf.edu
Kathy’s primary responsibility is overseeing the recruitment and advising efforts for over 15 programs and certificates offered by CTPE.  Her team recruits potential students and advises them on which program fits into their future plans and goals. She also works closely with CareerSource Tampa Bay and Pinellas Counties to ensure their students have access to training and educational opportunities, and is currently working to expand to other CareerSource Centers across Florida.  Prior to joining CTPE three years ago, Kathy oversaw the USF Graduate Certificate program, which consisted of over 100 post-baccalaureate certificate programs that were offered either partially or fully online. In this position, she served as a liaison between the faculty in the departments and the Certificate Office, assisting in the development of new programs or updating established ones.

Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Science in Education from Troy University.  She has over 30 years of experience in higher education where much of her focus has been working with non-traditional military students at Base Education Offices.  University of Oklahoma, Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University and University of South Carolina are just a few examples of the schools she has worked for while following her husband, a former Air Force Officer, around the world.

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