The University of St. Thomas

School of Engineering

Mark Ness
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Adjunct Faculty
Phone: 651-962-5750

Mail OSS100
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: OSS 111

Interests and expertise

- Leadership
- Management strategy and implementation


Mark Ness is a Brigadier General, United States Air Force (retired) and a retired captain and fleet training officer with the Northwest Airlines Flight Operations Division.  He was Commander, Minnesota Air National Guard, 2000 – 2005.

His interest in leadership has been demonstrated as he co-founded the Northwest Airlines Crew Resource Management program, Republic Airlines “Captain’s Leadership School,” and was principle advisor to the Adjutant General on matters pertaining to the Minnesota Air National Guard.  Following September 11, 2001 he was Director, Command and Control Center USAF,  Air National Guard liaison and deputy to the Director of Operations, U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, Washington D.C.

He is currently senior consultant for strategy and project development, On The Level, Inc., Wayzata, MN and Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Air National Guard Historical Foundation/ Minnesota Museum of Aviation and Aerospace. He is also primary consultant for the developing Challenger Center for Space Science Education and Aviation Learning Center of Minnesota.


1972 - Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Economics, University of Minnesota, Duluth
1972 - Distinguished Graduate, Reserve Officer’s Training Corps, U of M, Duluth
1983 - Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
1989 - Master of Arts in Public Administration, Hamline University, St Paul, MN
1990 - National Security Management, National Defense University, Washington.D.C.