Jack E. Lechner, Jr. CFSP
CCMS President & CEO
Certified in Thanatology
About Mr. Lechner
Mr. Lechner was appointed as the President of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in January of 2016. Immediately prior to coming to CCMS he was the Integrated Logistics Systems Division Chief at Headquarters, Department of the Army, Pentagon where he was responsible for ensuring the integrated logistics support for the entire lifecycle of all the Army’s combat platform acquisitions of more than $480 million during a fiscal year or procurement of more than $2.79 billion for the life of the program.
One day after his retirement ceremony from the Army, Colonel Jack E. Lechner, Jr. was asked to revoke his retirement orders and accept an assignment from the Secretary of the Army to Arlington National Cemetery. He reported in June 2010 as part of a new leadership team empowered to restore honor to Arlington National Cemetery following a serious scandal in 2010. He served as the Executive Officer, Cemetery Administrator, Deputy Superintendent, and culminated his five-year tenure by serving as Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery until 10 August 2015.
Mark D. Ivey, M.B.A.
Vice President & COO
Mr. Ivey was appointed Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science by President Jack E. Lechner, Jr. in April of 2018. Mr. Ivey manages the daily operations of the college.
Mark is a dual Ohio licensee and Certified Funeral Celebrant, bringing over 25 years of experience in funeral service and business/cemetery management. He is a 1990 graduate of CCMS and former GM of the Ivey Funeral Home and Rose Hill Burial Park in Hamilton, Ohio. He has gained additional experience in the death care profession through employment with leading companies both public and private, including Gibraltar Remembrance Services of Indianapolis, Carriage Services Inc., and the Anderson Funeral Homes of Ohio.
Mark earned his BA degree in behavioral science in 1989 from Juniata College in Pennsylvania before coming to CCMS. He completed his MBA degree in management in 2001 from Thomas More College in Kentucky.
Mark has been an instructor at CCMS since the fall of 2013; he has lectured in the legal issues courses as well as assisted when needed in other programs. Mark joins the leadership team at CCMS as the V.P. / Chief Operations Officer. His extensive background in management, hospitality services, leadership, community service and funeral service will enhance the staff and faculty at CCMS as well as better prepare our students and college for the future.
Mark lives in Ross, Ohio with his wife, Leslie (also a 1990 CCMS graduate and practicing funeral director), and their three daughters. He has been a OHSAA football official for 20 years and enjoys spending time with his kids and their sports, as well as woodworking and other various hobbies and interests.