AUSTIN, TEX. (July 30, 2013) – Civitas Learning’s co-founder and board member, Dr. Mark David Milliron, will join the team full time, stepping into the role of chief learning officer on August 5, 2013. He will focus on a wide range of activities for the company, from shaping product development to engaging the education community to leading research projects on student outcomes.
“Mark brings an intense focus on student learning and degree completion,” said Civitas Learning® co-founder and CEO, Charles Thornburgh. “In addition to his deep experience as an innovator in higher education, he has spent a career evangelizing the importance of making learning data actionable by bringing it directly to those who need it most – students, faculty and staff. From day one, we have shared a passion for bringing this vision to life. We are thrilled to have him join our efforts full time.”
Dr. Milliron is an award-winning leader, author and speaker who has worked with universities, community colleges, K–12 schools, foundations, associations and government agencies nationally and internationally. Most recently, he was the founding chancellor of WGU Texas. Prior to WGU, Dr. Milliron was the deputy director of Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
He served as a senior lecturer and director of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin; vice president of Education Practice at SAS, Inc.; and president and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.
“It’s an exciting time in education with so much innovation targeted at helping more students make the most of their learning journeys,” said Dr. Milliron. “I’m looking forward to diving deeper with Civitas Learning because, in my view, they’re uniquely positioned to help innovative educators better understand the impact of their work and to power intelligent apps on the front lines of learning — directly with students and faculty.”
Civitas Learning recently announced an $8.75 million round of financing led by Emergence Capital Partners to accelerate product development and hire more data science talent. The Civitas Learning predictive analytics platform provides informed and valuable insights to students, faculty, advisors and administrators, ultimately helping higher education students learn well and graduate on time.
For more information about Civitas Learning and how to become part of the transformation, visit: civitaswww.staging.wpengine.com