Dr. Mark David Milliron

Mark Milliron
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Senior Vice President of Western Governors University and executive dean of their Teachers College
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Dr. Mark David Milliron is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant who works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies around the world.

From a nine-siblings, 25-foster children, multicultural family, Mark was the first to earn a college degree. At MCC, Mark says he met the first of several mentors -- Professor James B. Mancuso and fellow student Gerardo de los Santos, with whom he went on to earn his doctoral degree in education administration. Today, Mark is Senior Vice President of Western Governors University and executive dean of their Teachers College, the largest college of education in the nation. He also serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for Bennett College, an historically black college in North Carolina; and as vice chair of the Board of the Trellis Foundation inTexas. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Civitas Learning, a company he co-founded in 2013 to leverage advanced analytics to support student success initiatives.

Previous positions include deputy director for Postsecondary Success with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Endowed Fellow and director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; vice president for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College; and on the National Technical Institute for the Deaf board.

Mark’s more than 500 national awards and honors include being listed by EdTechDigest as one of the 2018 Top Influencers in the education technology field, chosen by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 2016 Top Technology Innovators in higher education, inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association’s Hall of Fame in 2013, and presented in 2007 by American Association of Community Colleges with its prestigious National Leadership Award.

For a link to the full video of the ceremony, please visit MCC Hall of Fame 2019.