Mark Dienhart

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Mark Dienhart (born October 10, 1953) is an American educational administrator who is the current Senior Vice President at the University of St. Thomas. He was the men's athletic director at the University of Minnesota from 1995 to 2000.

Dienhart attended DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis and was a multi-sport athlete in college at St. Thomas. He was the Division III National Champion in the shot put at St. Thomas, the first individual national championship in school history.[1] He was an offensive lineman on the football team and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1975 NFL Draft.[2] Dienhart coached football and track at St. Thomas from 1981 to 1986 and led the Tommies to the 1985 Division III Indoor National Championship.[3]

Dienhart served as the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's athletics director from 1995 until 2000, when his contract was not renewed following the academic scandal in the men's basketball program under head coach Clem Haskins.[4]

Dienhart joined the administration at St. Thomas in 2001.[5] At St. Thomas, Dienhart is in charge of increasing the university's endowment.[6]

On June 17, 2013, St. Thomas reported Dienhart will be leaving the institution to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the Schulze Family Foundation, created by Best Buy founder and University of St. Thomas trustee, Dick Schulze. The following day, Dick Schulze announced his intention to expand the size of the foundation from $100 million to $1 billion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Making his Mark." University of St. Thomas, November 8, 2004. http://www.stthomas.edu/tommies/news.cfm?ArticleID=3041 Access date August 12, 2008.
  2. ^ "1975 Buffalo Bills." Database Football. http://www.databasefootball.com/teams/teamyear.htm?tm=BUF&lg=nfl&yr=1975 Access date August 12, 2008.
  3. ^ "Making his Mark." University of St. Thomas, November 8, 2004. http://www.stthomas.edu/tommies/news.cfm?ArticleID=3041 Access date August 12, 2008.
  4. ^ Associated Press. "Report: Two Minnesota athletic officials to be fired." CNN/Sports Illustrated, November 19, 1999. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/college/news/1999/11/19/minnesota_athletics_ap/ Access date August 12, 2008.
  5. ^ "Making his Mark." University of St. Thomas, November 8, 2004. http://www.stthomas.edu/tommies/news.cfm?ArticleID=3041 Access date August 12, 2008.
  6. ^ "Mark Dienhart is no stranger to academia." KSTP-TV, July 8, 2008. http://kstp.com/article/stories/S498188.shtml?cat=173 Access date August 12, 2008.