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Dr. Mark Hurst Named Director of Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich named Dr. Mark Hurst to serve as director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services starting July 13. Hurst, who has served as the department’s medical director, replaces Tracy Plouck who is leaving for a new opportunity in the private sector.

“Dr. Hurst’s leadership, insights and compassion have distinguished him as a valuable member of our team and contributed mightily to the progress Ohio is beginning to make against addiction and to lift up our fellow Ohioans struggling with mental illness.  I appreciate that he’s agreed to take on this responsibility.  The work ahead is monumental and the challenges will continue to shift, but his leadership has been—and will continue to be—an enormous asset in Ohio’s efforts in these areas,” said Kasich.  “I’m extremely grateful to Tracy Plouck for her leadership, compassion, counsel and service to Ohio.  She has a servant spirit and exemplifies the best in public leadership.  She is a model for other leaders to follow and I wish her and her family all the best in this new chapter of their lives.”

Dr. Mark Hurst has served as medical director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services since 2012. As medical director, he provided clinical leadership for the department, including supervision of Ohio's six regional psychiatric hospitals and all drug and alcohol recovery services in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. He joined the Ohio Department of Mental Health in 1993.  A native of Zanesville, Hurst was the 1981 class valedictorian at Muskingum College in New Concord. He graduated with honors from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo in 1985 and completed residency training at the University of Michigan and at The Ohio State University.