After serving as U.S. under secretary of education from 2014 until January 2017, Mitchell was named the 13th president of ACE. Previously, he served as a consultant to ACE in the areas of education attainment and innovation and leadership development. He was vice chancellor and dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College. He has been a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees. Mitchell was chief executive officer of the NewSchools Venture Fund from 2005-2014, which provides seed capital and counsel to leading education entrepreneurs at the K-12 level, and served as the president of the California State Board of Education. Mitchell was president of Occidental College from 1999-2005. Mitchell received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.
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