Mark David MillironThe information in this biography was supplied by the subject.Mark Milliron is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the League for Innovation in the Community College, an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with more than 700 member institutions, 120 corporate partners, and a host of other governmental and non-profit agencies in its continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities. In addition to a number of state, national, and international awards recognizing more than 32 years of service, the League has been recognized by Change Magazine (1998) as "the most dynamic organization in the community college world."
Prior to coming to the League, Mark served as the Executive Director of Global Learning Initiatives with Oracle Corporation. Oracle Corporation is the world's leading supplier of software for information management, and the world's second largest independent software company. Before joining Oracle, Milliron served as the League for Innovation's Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and prior to that he was the Vice President for Academic and Student Services at Mayland Community College in North Carolina.
Mark began his own education at Mesa Community College in Arizona, and subsequently transferred to Arizona State University where he graduated summa cum laude with his B.S. in Organizational Communication. He earned his Masters in Organizational Communication also from ASU, where he was honored as a Graduate Regents Scholar. Mark received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Kellogg Senior Research Fellow. He has taught courses ranging from Public Speaking to Quantitative Research Methods at Arizona State University, the University of Texas at Austin, Rio Salado Community College, and Mayland Community College. He currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Faculty Member at the University of Texas at Austin's Graduate Program for Community College Leadership. While teaching at Arizona State, Mark received the International Communication Association's Teaching Excellence Award. More recently, the University of Texas at Austin's College of Education honored Mark as a Distinguished Graduate for his service to the education field. Mark was also named one of the top Shapers of the Future by Converge Magazine in August 2000.
Mark has a passion for exploring teaching excellence, student success strategies, leadership development, future trends, and the human side of technology change. He has authored books, monographs, and articles; spoken at colleges, corporations, and conferences across the country; and served as a key resource for local, state, and national government programs. He is the lead author of the recently published book, Taking a Big Picture Look at Technology, Learning, and the Community College. He is also co-author of Access in the Information Age: Community Colleges Bridging the Digital Divide and the Community College Press best-seller, Strangers in Their Own Land--a book that explores the issues related to part-time faculty. Strangers received the 1996 Senior Scholarship Award from the American Council of Universities and Colleges. He is currently working on a new book detailing a multi-year study of teaching excellence in the community college, which should be released early next year.
Regardless of all of these activities, he will quickly tell you that the most important job and the greatest blessing in his life is serving as Julia's husband, and Alexandra and Richard's father.