MARIETTA, OHIO (May 11, 2017)– Washington State Community College (WSCC) looks forward to welcoming The Honorable Mark Kerenyi, Washington County Common Pleas Judge, as the guest speaker at Saturday’s commencement ceremonies.
Judge Kerenyi was born in England in 1966. At the age of 3, he and his family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was among the Fox Chapel High School graduating class of 1984.
He attended Slippery Rock University for two years before he decided to withdraw and enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Initially, he was trained as a machine gunner but ultimately concluded his career in the Marines in 1991, as an Operation Desert Storm scout sniper.
Upon his return from Saudi Arabia, Kerenyi went back to Slippery Rock University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science in 1992.
After graduation, he worked briefly for the Boys Scouts of America as a district executive before enrolling at Cleveland Marshall College of Law (Cleveland State University). He graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in law in 1996 and moved to Marietta where he worked for Atkinson and Burton, as an associate attorney for two years.
In 1998 he made a transition in his career when he began working as a Washington County Assistant Prosecuting. He served in this capacity until 2004 when he was appointed as Magistrate of the Washington County Court Juvenile Court.
In 2016, he ran successfully for Common Pleas Judge and took office on January 1, 2017.
Judge Kerenyi has been very involved in several community organizations, including Rotary, Ely Chapman Board, Friends of the Museums Board, and Fort Harmar Rifle Club Executive Committee. He is also an NRA Life Member.
He and his wife of 20 years, Ann, reside in Marietta with their two children, Tommy, 12 and Chrissy 11.
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