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May 6, 2020

WGU Taps Dr. Mark Milliron to Lead Teachers College

Award-winning educator, author, and innovator to head nation’s largest teachers college

SALT LAKE CITY – 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.

An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, Milliron has worked with colleges and universities, K-12 schools, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. He is co-founder of Civitas Learning, where he served as Chief Learning Officer and Executive Director of the Next-Generation Leadership Academy. In addition, he served as Faculty in Residence in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. In previous roles, Milliron served as the founding Chancellor for WGU Texas and as Deputy Director for Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Mark’s knowledge, background, and commitment will be invaluable as our Teachers College drives the innovation needed to prepare teachers and leaders to meet the challenges they face today and in the future,” said Dr. Marni Baker Stein, WGU’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer. “We look forward to his leadership during this critical time for education.”

“WGU continues to be a leader in education innovation, and I have been fortunate throughout my career to be associated with the university in a variety of capacities,” said Milliron. “As an educator, having the opportunity to shape the future of teacher education and leadership development across the K-20 landscape, particularly in this time of rapid change, is exciting, and I look forward to joining with my colleagues at WGU to focus on this important work.”

Established in 2003 with the support of the U.S. Department of Education, WGU's Teachers College offers bachelor's, post-baccalaureate, and master's degrees for aspiring and already-licensed K-12 teachers and leaders. Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Association for Advancing Quality Educator Preparation (AAQEP), the Teachers College is a partner in 100Kin10, a national initiative to train 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021, and has been ranked in the top 1% nationwide for the quality of its secondary teacher-preparation programs by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).

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