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Dr. Mark David Milliron
Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer
Civitas Learning
100 Congress, Suite 300
Austin, Texas 78701

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*Taken from a recent introduction:

Dr. Mark David Milliron is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, who works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. Mark co-founded and serves as the chief learning officer of Civitas Learning. He also serves as Executive Director of the Next-Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA) and a Professor of Practice in the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Education. In addition, Mark helps catalyze positive change in education through his service on the boards and advisory councils of leading education organizations, including the Trellis Foundation, the Global Online Academy, the Mastery Transcript Consortium, the Hope Center for College, Community, & Justice, and ISKME/OER Commons.

In previous roles, Mark served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Success 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. Past board service includes the American Council on Education (ACE), Western Governors University (WGU), and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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 prestigious  National Leadership Award. In 2013 he was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association’s Hall of Fame. In 2016 he was chosen by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “Top Technology Innovators” in higher education; and in 2018, Mark was listed by EdTechDigest as one of the Top Influencers in the education technology field.

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.


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 Staff and 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



September 2005
Center for Creative Leadership
Leadership at the Peak Program
May 1995
University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., Educational Administration
Areas of Study: Institutional and Instructional Leadership, Teaching and Learning Excellence, Organizational Communication and Management Theory
Dissertation: Toward a Model of Part-Time Faculty Integration in American Community Colleges
May 1992
Arizona State University
M.A., Organizational Communication
Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
Areas of Study:Organizational Communication/Organizational Behavior Management
Thesis: Studying Individuals in Organizational Cultures: Organizational Identification and Inclusion
August 1990
Arizona State University
B.S., Organizational Communication, Summa Cum Laude
Hugh Downs School of Human Communication



George Bernard Shaw“This is the true joy in life…being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one…being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy…I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” –George Bernard Shaw