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Alumnus Returns Home to Lead Business Affairs Division

Frank Duran
Alumnus Returns Home to Lead Business Affairs Division

Mark McGurk is well-acquainted with The University of Texas at El Paso’s business operations. In fact, he started as a student assistant in the payroll office before he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance in the early 1990s.

McGurk’s career and life experience has come full circle. In July 2018, he was appointed as the University’s vice president for business affairs.

“I consider working for The University of Texas at El Paso a privilege and honor,” McGurk said. “I sincerely hope to use my experience and skills to continue the upward trajectory of access and excellence and to continue the outstanding work and dedication of my predecessors. I take great pride in my association with the University and look forward to the future.”

The UTEP alumnus oversees the University’s operating budget of $500 million and advises campus leaders on the institution’s financial interests, such as controllership, financial planning and revenue cycle functions. He is responsible for managing the University’s balance sheet and capital structure, financial planning, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, audit activities, capital planning, and human resources.

Before his return to UTEP, the alumnus served as the University of Arizona’s comptroller for nearly a decade. The institution promoted him to associate vice president and comptroller.

During that time, he earned a Master of Educational Leadership in Higher Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University. From there, McGurk moved to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, where he was vice president for business affairs for three years.

Overall, McGurk has worked in higher education for nearly 25 years and has more than 30 years of supervisory and managerial experience. The seasoned administrator said he is confident that he has the knowledge and skills to make meaningful contributions to the University.

“I’m very proud to be back at my own institution,” he said, adding that he takes pride in UTEP’s students and its graduates, who he has seen make a difference through their work. “Every single person at UTEP should be proud to be here to support the mission and what we are doing.” - Jesse Martinez