Mark Akers received the Doermer School of Business (DSB) Distinguished Alumni Award for 1982. Criteria for the award include having a degree from DSB, assuming a position of increasing responsibility, and contributing time and talent to IPFW.
Mark is an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Indianapolis where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Economics and Finance. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University at both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Law and Public Affairs, Urban Structure, Public Management, and Economic Development. He has also taught Commercial Law at the Kelley School of Business at I.U. He also teaches Comparative Economics and Business Stratesgy as a Visiting Professor at the Ningbo Institute of Technology in Ningbo, China.
After being the Director of Public Works for the City of Fort Wayne, he was the Director of Economic Development for the State of Indiana. He was also a banker, including a time at Indiana Bank and Trust in Fort Wayne where he worked for Richard T. Doermer. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University in business, finance, and economics, including an MSBA degree from IPFW, and also attended law school. He has professional training in economic development and banking at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Colorado.
Mark and his wife, Cindy, live in Indianapolis.