Mark Nunnelly ’80 appointed head of Massachusetts Department of Revenue
The Centre College legacy of public service is wide and deep, including alumni who have served in all three branches of government at the federal level, as governors and lieutenant governors, and in key statewide offices over the College’s nearly 200-year history.
The tradition continues with Mark Nunnelly ’80, recently appointed commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. In addition to this important role overseeing state tax compliance, child support and municipal finance laws, Gov. Charlie Baker also appointed Nunnelly as his special advisor for technology and innovation competitiveness.
A native of Covington, Ky., Nunnelly was a double major in government and history at Centre. After beginning his career in Cincinnati at Proctor & Gamble, Nunnelly later moved to Massachusetts, where he earned his MBA with distinction in 1984 from the Harvard Business School and began a 25-year career in 1989 at Bain Capital.
Recently retired from Bain, Nunnelly said he is looking for ways to “give back.” Truth be told, Nunnelly has always balanced his career success with philanthropy.
President John Roush characterizes Nunnelly as an exemplary ambassador for the Centre experience. “He is living the life that I believe reflects so positively on Centre,” Roush says. “He’s broadly educated and wonderfully successful in American business and, now, he’s turned his attention to the common good and public service.”
His alma mater has benefitted from his time and talent since 1999, when he was first elected to the Centre College Board of Trustees. In addition to serving as chair of the Finance Committee, Nunnelly has also served on the Board’s Executive, Honorary Degrees and Nominations, and Development and Public Affairs committees.
More recently, in 2013, Nunnelly was elected vice chair of the Board of Trustees.
He’s also been actively involved in numerous charitable organizations, such as New Profit, Inc., the KIPP Foundation and the Boston Medical Center.
by Michael Strysick
July 6, 2015