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Mark Milliron

Mark Milliron

Senior Vice President and Executive Dean of the School of Education | Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Dr. Mark Milliron serves as Senior Vice President of Western Governors University and Executive Dean of the School of Education.

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, Championing Healthy Learning, Metaverse in Education, Learning Experience Design


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, speaker, and consultant. He serves as Senior Vice President of Western Governors University and Executive Dean of the School of Education, where he leads the academic and operational strategy for the largest school of education in the nation. WGU’s School of Education, home to the Teachers College, Higher Education Leadership and Learning Innovation Programs, and the College of General Education, provides next-generation programs for educators across the K-12, Higher Education, and Workforce Learning sectors, as well as general education pathways for students throughout WGU.

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).


  • Trellis Foundation, Chair, Board of Directors
  • Bennett College, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Civitas Learning, Board of Directors
  • Global Online Academy, Board of Directors
  • Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, Board of Directors
  • Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, Board of Directors
  • Mastery Transcript Consortium, Advisory Council
  • Nearpeer, Board of Directors
  • Partners for Transformation Think Tank, Higher Learning Commission, Member
  • Society for College and University Planning, Senior Advisor to the CEO
  • Yellowdig, Board of Directors

Selected media appearances and articles.

From Instructional Design to Learning Experience Design: Understanding the Whole Student

Campus Technology, 3/30/22

During this Campus Technology Insider podcast episode, Dr. Milliron and Dr. Kim Round from the School of Education share their vision for reimagining education and why learning experience design is essential to student success.


Five Education Resolutions for a New Year

Google’s ManifestED, 2/15/22

Dr. Milliron joins members of Google’s Education team to discuss digital learning infrastructure, reimagine our learning models and competency-based learning, how to champion healthy learning, and balancing educator self-care with professional development.


Better Together: Five Education Resolutions for a New Year

edCircuit, 1/20/22  

As schools around the country work through pandemic-driven change and challenges, Dr. Milliron offers a handful of resolutions for educators, policy makers, and community leaders wanting to engage in the work of a new possible in education.

Leading Together Toward Healthy Learning

Getting Smart, 11/22/21

In this co-authored piece, Dr. Milliron; Dr. Richard Rhodes, Chancellor of Austin Community College; and Suzanne Walsh, President of Bennett College communicate the value of a new Center for Healthy Learning. The goal of the Center is to pull energy and expertise together from member institutions around the needs of students and educators as it relates to critical healthy-learning focus areas that are key drivers of student academic, professional, and personal success.

A New Possible in Education

Real Clear Education, 8/25/21

Dr. Milliron shares his views on envisioning a new and better way forward in education – for schools to resist reactionary traditionalism and instead confront confusion and learn together in order to reimagine the road ahead.


What Is the Future of Remote Learning?

Committee for Economic Development (CED) of the Conference Board, 7/22/21

In this episode of CED’s Sustaining Capitalism podcast, Dr. Milliron discusses the role that remote learning can play in reimagining a more equitable and resilient education system.