July 11, 2018: Mark Hurst has been appointed as the Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, effective on Friday, July 13, 2018. Hurst succeeds Tracy Plouck, who resigned to take a position in the private sector. Hurst has recently worked as the department’s Medical Director since 2012. As the 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 at 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 he completed residency training at the University of Michigan and at The Ohio State University.