From the moment he set foot on the Thunder Bay campus as a fresh-faced student 24 years ago, Mark Tilbury has been helping Lakehead University students and alumni succeed.
“Mark is a passionate Lakehead supporter,” says Rob Jamieson, the current president of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University. “He’s always ready to lend a hand, no matter what the circumstance.”
“Lakehead was my first choice,” Mark says. “I never wanted to study anywhere else.” Mark, who grew up in Thunder Bay, was a member of the winning 1989 St. Pat’s High School “Reach for the Top” team – a feat that earned him full first-year tuition to Lakehead.
He loved walking down hallways and being recognized by professors and students. Soon, Mark was working as a student placement officer and, later, a student caller for the Alumni Annual Fund phone-a-thon. These experiences set in motion a special connection with Lakehead.
Mark graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 1994 and has worked for Thunder Bay Distributors and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. He was also was the chief administrative officer and deputy director of the Thunder Bay Museum from 2002 until 2013.
Within six months of finishing his degree, Mark joined the Alumni Association of Lakehead University (AALU) Board of Directors and served continuously from 1994 until 2013, including two terms as president. He was also a member of Lakehead’s Board of Governors.
Mark is active in many regional organizations, such as Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario, but he counts being AALU president as one of his proudest achievements, along with raising three children with his wife Kirsten and completing a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University, Minnesota.
In 2013, Mark Tilbury’s longstanding relationship with Lakehead University took an exciting new direction when he was hired as Alumni and Community Relations Director. Now, he is developing innovative approaches to engage with alumni across the globe.