Mark David Milliron is chancellor of Western Governors University, a nonprofit university founded by the state of Texas dedicated to providing affordable, accredited, and high-quality online and blended degree programs in high-demand fields. Prior to taking this position,
he served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading efforts to increase student success in the U.S. postsecondary education sector. In previous roles, he founded the private consulting group, Catalyze Learning International (CLI); served as an endowed fellow, senior lecturer, and director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin; served as Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS, the world’s largest private software company; and was President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.
In 1999, The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education named Mark a Distinguished Graduate for his service to the education field. In 2005, he received the annual PBS/ETS O’Banion Prize for transformational work in support of teaching and learning. In 2007, the American Association of Community Colleges presented him with its National Leadership Award for his work in advancing education opportunity. And in 2011, the National University Technology Network named Mark the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in advancing innovative technology use in education.
Milliron is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant well known for exploring leadership development, future trends, learning strategies, and the human side of technology change. He has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. He also serves on numerous corporate, nonprofit, and education boards and advisory groups, including Civitas Learning, an Austin-based learning analytics company; the Global Online Academy, a not-for-profit educational partnership serving independent schools nationally and internationally; and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, the parent organization of the Big Ideas Fest.
Regardless of all of his activities and accomplishments, he will quickly tell you that the most important job and the greatest blessing in his life is serving as Julia’s husband, and as father to Alexandra, Richard, Marcus, and Max.