Mr. Mark Lenz serves as the President of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Nashville, a higher education institution within the Tennessee Board of Regents system. TCAT Nashville serves over 1,400 students annually who are in pursuit of technical credentials that will enable them to advance in the workforce and in their careers. As President, Mr. Lenz is responsible for every aspect of operations for the main campus and three satellites: Portland, Springfield, and Cockrill Bend.
Because of his personal and professional experiences, Mr. Lenz knows the value of skills development and that possessing a marketable skill set opens doors and future opportunities for our citizens that would ordinarily remain closed. As a young man, he was a lettered athlete and musician, held jobs that taught him the value of hard work, and believed in community involvement as evidenced by his participation in choirs, musical productions, and most notably, the boy scouts. In the boy scouts, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and led his patrol in wilderness high adventure activities including a 145 mile canoe trip on the Pine and Manistee rivers and backpacking in the Rocky Mountains at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch. He also led the winning patrol of the Klondike Derby in 1976.
An honored veteran, he served his country in the U.S. Navy earning credentials in Basic Electricity and Electronics, Gunner’s Mate, and Gunner’s Mate Technician. He attained the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class with military honors to include two humanitarian medals for his assistance in rescuing refugees off the coast of Vietnam and accommodations for nuclear weapons team training.
His post-military career included practical applications in several technical fields including welding, appliance repair, computer information systems, process control and statistical analysis. He completed an apprenticeship in machine tool and machine systems. After acquiring the skills needed to perform these essentials jobs, he entered leadership and training as an instructor, manufacturing supervisor, and training manager. Most notably, he advanced throughout the Bosch Corporation where he developed training programs in problem solving, quality management, introduction to computers and the Bosch Leadership Program. Mark was a team leader for Robert Bosch North America and was the first to bring online learning to the Bosch organization, providing 385 online courses to 16,000 employees. He also served as the team training leader for Robert Bosch North America. Throughout his career he collaborated and provided instruction for county, state, and educational organizations such as Trident Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Central Carolina Technical College, Troy State University, Southern Illinois University, Bethel University, the U.S. Department of Labor, and Sumter County Industrial Development Board.
For his contributions to Bosch, Mark received the 2009 “Silver Star of Excellence” award and was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Educator Hall of Fame for initiating developing Tennessee’s first Mechatronics program taught at TCAT Clarksville.
He holds a BS degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, a Dual MA in Human Resources Development and Human Resource Management from Webster University, and is a Dale Carnegie graduate and recipient of the Silver Star of Excellence, which is the highest honor for technical training given by the American Technical Education Association.
Mr. Lenz is a family man with a wife who is a retired teacher. He has four adult children and two grandchildren