Dr. Mark Milliron

Co-Founder, Chief Learning Officer

Dr. Mark David Milliron is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, an organization committed to helping education bring together the best of emerging technology, data science, and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong on education pathways. An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, he has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. In previous roles, Mark served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; founding Chancellor of WGU Texas; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Global Online Academy, and theTexas Student Success Council. Past board service includes the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, andWestern Governors University.


In 1999, The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education named Mark a Distinguished Graduate for his service to the education field. In 2007, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) presented him with its National Leadership Award; In 2011, the National University Technology Network (NUTN) named Mark the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award; and in 2013 he was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) Hall of Fame.

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Co-Founder and Member, Board of Directors
Chief Learning Officer (since 2013)
Civitas Learning, Austin TX
2011 – 2013
WGU Texas, Austin, TX
Deputy Director, Postsecondary Improvement
US Programs
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
Founder and Senior Fellow
Catalyze Learning International (CLI), Newland, NC
Suanne Davis Roueche Endowed Fellow, Senior Lecturer, & Director,
National Institute for Staffand Organizational Development (NISOD)
College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin
2004 – 2006
Vice President, Education and Medical Practice
SAS Institute Inc, Cary, NC
1999 – 2004
President and Chief Executive Officer
The League for Innovation in the Community College, Phoenix, AZ
1998 – 2006
Distinguished Visiting Faculty Member, College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Feb 1999- November 1999
Executive Director, Global Learning Initiatives
Oracle Corporation
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The League for Innovation in the Community College, Mission Viejo, CA
Vice President for Academic and Student Services
Mayland Community College, Spruce Pine, NC
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Educational and Student Development
Maricopa County Community College District, Tempe, AZ
Senior Kellogg Research Fellow, Department of Educational Administration
Instructor, Department of Communication
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Regardless of all of his activities and accomplishments, he will quickly tell you that the most important job and the greatest blessing in his life is serving as Julia’s husband, and as father to Alexandra, Richard, Marcus, and Max.


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