Mark A. Schmidt, 54, BS ’77, MEd ’94, education administration, died Sept. 17 in Fargo. He was an assistant professor in the School of Education. He started his career in education teaching high school at Minot, Walhalla and Bisbee, N.D. He earned an educational administration specialist degree from the Tri-College University in 1998. He earned his doctorate in education from Florida State University, Tallahassee. He started teaching at the Tri-College University in Fargo-Moorhead in 1995 and was instrumental in developing NDSU’s doctoral program in education. He excelled in teaching applied statistics in the institutional analysis program. Schmidt received the college award for exceptional contributions to teaching through innovation in 2003.