Mark Devirgilio

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Mark DeVirgilio is a retired USAF officer and taught at Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama. He has biology, biochemistry, and engineering degrees and has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, Virginia. He lives in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, with his wife Irene. He enjoys the field of public policy and administration because the consequences of decisions by policymakers and administrators have far reaching socio-cultural effects that span generations. He has taught at Walden University in the School of Public Policy and Administration for over 10 years. Mark is also a Ph.D. mentor and a University Research Reviewer.

Mark believes in continuous learning and still takes college courses. As for scholarly research, he was trained in the quantitative school of argument by being an engineer and scientist. He believes that research in the social sciences should rely more on hybrid methodologies; one where the powers of quantitative and qualitative methods are tailored to the research question. He is interested in the areas of nonprofit organizational thriving, technology and society, sustainable futures, and promoting the cultures of indigenous peoples.

Mark's major accomplishments include serving in the United States Air Force, interacting with students for over 20 years, and serving in management positions for a national veterans' organization. He is a member of the Air Force Association, American Legion, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


PhD, George Mason University

MS, University of Hawaii School of Medicine

Public Service

American Legion Department of Hawaii, Board Member - Honolulu