The Pepperdine community was saddened to learn of the passing of Mark Kirk, a member of the Pepperdine University Board of Regents, at age 55.
"The passing of Mark Kirk has hit all who knew him very hard," said Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton. "He was a delightful friend, wise counselor, and peerless example. His service on our governing board was impactful and indelible; however, it is the way he related to everyone on such a personal and profound level that will never be forgotten. We love his family and hold each of them in prayer."
A member of the Board of Regents since 2010, Kirk retired as a partner with Linsalata Capital Partners, a Cleveland, Ohio-based private equity investment firm, in 2009. He served on the board of T.D. Williamson, Inc., Transtar Holding Company, and U-Line Holding Company. Prior to joining Linsalata Capital, which currently owns sixteen portfolio companies with aggregate revenues of approximately $1.4 billion, Kirk served as president, chief executive officer, and a director of Scott Technologies, Inc., a Cleveland-based public company.
Memorial services are planned for Sunday, Jun. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Church in the Falls in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with visiting hours from 2 to 3 p.m. and service from 3 to 3:30 p.m.
Kirk, a CPA, began his career in public accounting with KPMG and served as an audit manager with Deloitte and Touche. He is the former president, chief operating officer, and a director of HMI Industries, Inc. and was senior officer, chief financial officer, and director of Anchor Glass, Grimes Aerospace, and Facet Enterprises, Inc. He is also chair of the Board of Trustees of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and serves on the board of Hope Network Ministries. He formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Rochester College, Board of Visitors of Abilene Christian University, and President's Council of Harding University.
He received his bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Harding University and completed the Advanced Executive Program of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Kirk is survived by his wife, Robin, and three children; Allison, a 2013 Pepperdine graduate; Alan, a 2010 Pepperdine graduate; and Ashley, a graduate of Wheaton College.