COL (R) Mark Hyatt
President and CEO
Character Education Partnership
Mark Hyatt is President and CEO of the Character Education Partnership (CEP). He leads a national effort to "help schools, parents and communities develop students of good character for a just and compassionate society." Prior to coming to CEP, Mark was Executive Director of the Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI). Under his leadership CSI grew 50% to more than 10,500 students at 36 locations statewide in its portfolio of schools. Mark led CSI's first strategic planning effort to transform CSI into a "model authorizer" for the state and nation. He also served on the Colorado Governors P-20 Education Council on school reform.
Mark's almost 29 year career in the United States Air Force helped lay the foundation he used to elevate TCA and CSI to success. After graduating from the United States Air Force (USAF) Academy with a degree in Political Science, he later earned a master's in Public Administration from Arizona State University. Mark was an Air Force fighter pilot and served nine years overseas in combat units. He commanded a frontline fighter squadron in Europe with 350 personnel and $600 million in aircraft and equipment.
In 2000, he received the Citizenship and Character Award from former President Gerald Ford for his leadership of the cutting edge character development program at the USAF Academy. The John Templeton Foundation also recognized his Center as one of the top character-building programs in the nation. CEP named TCA a National School of Character in 2004.