JIU Announces 2014 Commencement Speaker

Posted on: May 01, 2014

Jones International University’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony is just around the corner.  For those of you graduating this year, please save the date for Friday, June 27, 2014.  On behalf of all faculty and staff of JIU, we wish our 2014 graduating class our sincere congratulations on this momentous achievement.  As we prepare for the upcoming graduation ceremony and festivities, we are excited to announce this year’s graduation speaker, Dr. Mark Milliron. Read on below to learn more.

Dr. Mark David Milliron is best known as a champion for education opportunity and a catalyst for conversations on innovation and the road ahead. 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. 

He is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of the student success and analytics innovator Civitas Learning. In previous roles, Mark has served as the founding chancellor of WGU Texas; the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and as President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

He serves on numerous corporate, nonprofit, and education boards and advisory groups, including the Global Online Academy, a not-for-profit educational partnership serving independent schools nationally and internationally and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME),the parent organization of the Big Ideas Fest.

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.

Regardless of all of his activities and accomplishments, Dr. Milliron will 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.