Dr. Mark Gross has served as Mars Area School District superintendent since July 1, 2020.
Dr. Gross holds a doctorate of education in Administrative & Leadership Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Education of Exceptional, both from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and a master’s degree in School Administration from Western Maryland College. He currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education at Hempfield Area School District.
Prior to joining Hempfield Area School District in 2013, he served as the K-12 District Curriculum Coordinator at Indiana Area School District; as Senior High School Principal in Somerset Area School District for 12 years; as Junior/Senior High School Principal at Shade-Central City and Berlin-Brothersvalley school districts; and as a Supervisor of Special Education at Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8. He also previously served as an Emotional Support and Learning Support Teacher at Lancaster City School District and as a Learning Support Teacher at York City School District. In addition, he is a member of the Westmoreland County Forum for Workplace Development Committee; he has served as a Principal Internship Supervisor at California University of Pennsylvania and as an Adjunct Faculty Member at St. Francis University and Wilkes University.