Dr. Brian C. Mitchell Director of Edvance Foundation, former college & university president

Brian C. Mitchell, Ph.D., @briancmitchell5 is founder and director of the Edvance Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of American higher education through bold and sustainable solutions to the most pressing needs of students and educational institutions. Mitchell is also principal of Brian Mitchell & Associates, a consultancy that advises higher educational institutions and leaders.

From 2004 to 2010, Mitchell served as president of Bucknell University, where he developed the University’s first comprehensive strategic plan and modern campus master plan, hired nearly 60 tenure-track professors in three years, and launched the University’s current $500 million capital campaign. He previously served as president of Washington & Jefferson College (1998-2004) and the Association for Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (1991-1998).

Mitchell serves as a director of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and as immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees of Merrimack College. He is past chair of the Pennsylvania Selection Committee for the Rhodes Scholarships, the Patriot League, the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. He also has served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Geisinger Health System.

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