About Mark

Mark Gasta, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU and program coordinator of the Adventure Tourism graduate certificate. At CSU, he teaches courses in adventure tourism, ski area management, and sustainable tourism. Mark’s research interests include developing leaders with the capacity to build sustainable organizations that create profit for shareholders while protecting the environment and improving the lives of those with whom they interact. Prior to coming to CSU in 2017, Mark served as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer/Chief Sustainability Officer for Vail Resorts Management Company, the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations. Before Vail Resorts, Mark has held various organizational development and human resources management positions with AT&T Broadband, Lexis-Nexis and Target Corporation. He also served in the United States Army as a commissioned officer and aviator. In addition, Mark has volunteered on many non-profit boards including the Colorado Outward Bound School, Leave No Trace and the Urban League. Mark received his Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental and Systematic Biology from California Polytechnic State University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver, and his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Change from Pepperdine University. Mark and his family love living in Colorado as it has allowed them the opportunity to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle.


  • Ecotourism
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Dimensions of Conservation
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
  • Human Resource Management
  • Natural Resource Tourism
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Tourism
  • Tourism Education


EdD, Organizational Change - Pepperdine University
Malibu/California, 2016

MBA, Business - University of Denver
Denver/Colorado, 2000

BS, Environmental and Systematic Biology - California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo/California, 1988