Mark B. Rosenberg


Politics and International Relations

Office: MMC, GL 623

Phone: 305-348-2227



Mark B. Rosenberg served as the fifth president of Florida International University from 2009 through 2022.  During this period, he led the institution through a systematic series of changes that have resulted in its ascent as one of the fastest rising institutions of public higher education in the country.  During his presidency, the university nearly doubled its enrollment, tripled the number of graduates annually and tripled its funded research.  The University also set and eclipsed a fund-raising campaign goal of $750 million in private donations, the highest amount ever raised at the university. 

Dr. Rosenberg is an accomplished change manager with significant academic leadership experience at all levels.  He is one of the few leaders in higher education who has led both a major research university as President and a state system of public universities as Chancellor.  In the latter position, Dr. Rosenberg led the State University System of Florida for three years as the Founding Chancellor of the Board of Governors.  In this role he helped to shape and develop the finances, programs, and accountability metrics for what is now the country’s leading system of public universities. 

A political scientist by training, Dr. Rosenberg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and has carried out research and taught there at Pitt, as well as at FIU, the Monterrey University of Technology, and as a Distinguished Research Professor at Vanderbilt University.  He is the author or co-author/editor of seven books and is a nationally recognized expert on Latin America and the Caribbean.  He is bilingual in Spanish and has lived throughout the region and in Europe.  He is the founder/co-founder of numerous programs at FIU including the College of Law, the College of Medicine, FIU’s program in Tianjin China, and the University’s award-winning Latin American and Caribbean Center. 

Dr. Rosenberg has had a high profile in national and community leadership.  He has been a member of the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, he has chaired the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, and has had a leadership role in chairing National Academy of Sciences national reviews of STEM education.  Dr. Rosenberg was a Presidential appointee to the United States Government’s Task Force on Apprenticeships and earlier co-chaired a US General Accounting Office National Assessment on US Foreign Policy in Central America. 

Dr. Rosenberg is the first academic to serve as the Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and helped to fund the Academic Leaders Council for the Beacon Council.  He served on the City National Bank Board of Directors for 12 years, and now is vice chair of the Board of Advisors of PayCargo, a fintech enterprise that underwrites international trade.   

Dr. Rosenberg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from Miami University of Ohio, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.  He is a Fulbright Research Scholar; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York; a past-Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC); and the Co-Chair of the Board on Science Education’s Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education.

Areas of Expertise

Politics of Development, Latin American & Caribbean Politics, Inter-American Relations, Comparative Political Theory, Higher Education Policy & Management


  • BA, Miami University (Ohio), Political Science,1971
  • MA, University of Pittsburgh, Political Science,1972
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Political Science,1976