Mr. Central State University


photo of Mr CSU 2018 Mark Barton

Mark Barton: Mr. CSU

Mark Barton, a senior at Central State University, majoring in Business Administration concentrated in Finance. Previous to him becoming the 11th Mr. Central State University and the President of the Student African American Brotherhood chapter here at Central State University; Mark served as Chief Justice 2017-2018 and Mr. Residence Life 2017-2018. He also was a Resident Advisor and the treasurer of the S.A.A.B chapter at Central State University. He was born in Livingston, New Jersey, raised in East Orange, New Jersey, and made in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in June of 2015. Upon graduating from Central State University Mark plans to obtain his Master’s in Business Administration and Juris Doctorate degree in contract law while working in Corporate America.


Marks ultimate goal is to start his own practice in contract law and expand his practice into other types of law thereafter. Mark firmly believes in the saying “Make sure they know your work more than they know you. Notoriety is the key to leaving a legacy”. His favorite bible verse is Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.


Mark cherishes the legacy that his family has left at Central State University. His family legacy at Central State University dates back to 1959 where his late Grandfather, David Lister (‘62, 2018 CSU Alumni Hall of Fame inductee), and surviving Grandmother, Anita Lister (‘63), attended this institution. Years later his mother, Gigi Barton, attended Central State and graduated in 1989 with a degree in Marketing. Then Mark’s two older brothers, Myles (‘14) and Kiel Barton (‘17), and first cousin Jeremy Tony(‘16) attended Central State University. Today, Mark is attending CSU with his little sister, Paris Barton (‘20). Mark leaves these words to his marauder family “Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Once you do that you will start achieving things you never thought you could”