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Mark Milliron

Mark Milliron

Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of Teachers College | Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Dr. Mark Milliron serves as Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of the Teachers College for Western Governors University.

Areas of Expertise: 

Education Futures, Education Technology, Analytics, Student Success Strategies, Next-Generation Teaching, Leadership, Innovation, Competency-Based Education, P-20 & Workforce Ecosystems, Philanthropy in Education


Arizona State University, B.S., Organizational Communication

Arizona State University, M.A., Organizational Communication

University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D., Educational Administration 

Social:  LinkedIn, Twitter

Personal website


Dr. Mark David Milliron is an award-winning leader, author, and speaker. He serves as Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of Western Governors University’s Teachers College where he leads the academic and operational strategy for the largest college of education in the U.S., serving nearly 30,000 education students in all 50 states. WGU’s Teachers College is dedicated to providing next-generation programs for teachers and leaders across the K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce sectors. 

Mark has a long history championing and supporting the work of WGU. He served on the Board of Trustees and was the Chair of the Academic Policy Committee from 2003-2009. He helped support the launch of WGU Indiana and WGU Washington, and later served as the Founding Chancellor of WGU Texas in 2011. In roles outside of WGU, Mark has served as President of the League for Innovation in the Community College; Endowed Fellow, Senior Lecturer, and Executive Director of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin; Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning. 

Mark also catalyzes innovation in education through service on numerous boards, including: Bennett College, the Trellis Foundation, the Global Online Academy, the Hope Center for College, Community & Justice, ISKME/OERcommons, and Civitas Learning. He also holds an appointment as a Professor of Practice for The University of Texas at Austin's College of Education, teaching in their doctoral program for education leadership and policy; and serves on the editorial boards of Change: The Magazine for Higher Learning and International Journal of Innovations in Online Education (IJIOE).


  • Civitas Learning, Board of Directors
  • Bennett College, Board of Trustees
  • Trellis Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, Board of Directors
  • Global Online Academy, Board of Directors
  • Partners for Transformation Think Tank, Higher Learning Commission, Member

Selected media appearances and articles.

Will Higher Ed’s ‘Culture’ Help Colleges Navigate Their Future? Or Make It Tougher?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2020-05-27

The new — and first — executive dean of the School of Education at Western Governors University is Mark Milliron. He’s a familiar face to many in the higher-ed innovation and technology circles.

WGU Taps Dr. Mark Milliron to Lead Teachers College

PR Newswire,  2020-05-06

Western Governors University (WGU) has appointed Dr. Mark David Milliron to lead its Teachers College as Senior Vice President and Executive Dean, the university announced today. In this role, Milliron will drive the strategic direction of the college, which currently enrolls more than 27,000 students in all 50 states.

Mark Milliron Arms Students With Data

The Chronicle of Higher Education,  2016-04-10

There’s nothing in Mark David Mill­iron’s background that might have suggested that he would earn a Ph.D., let alone co-found one of the nation’s fastest-growing education-technology companies, Civitas Learning.