Brian C. Mitchell

Higher ed advisor, director of Edvance Foundation; former college & university president

Brian C. Mitchell is president of Brian Mitchell & Associates, a consultancy that advises higher educational institutions and leaders. Brian is a founder and director of the Edvance Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to create bold and sustainable solutions to the most pressing needs of students and higher education institutions. A well respected futurist and thought partner, Brian writes on higher education for the Huffington Post, Academe, and EDUniverse. He also contributes regularly to College Planning and Management and Diverse Issues in Higher Education as well as other journals. Brian is quoted regularly in the media on stories related to current issues in higher education and the future of American colleges and universities. Mitchell served as president of Bucknell University (2004 - 2010), where he developed the University’s strategic plan and modern campus master plan. He launched a $500 million capital campaign, raising $170 million from all sources in less than three years, and developed an ambitious core community initiative that brought over $25 million to date to the University. A labor historian, he previously served as president of Washington & Jefferson College (1998-2004) and the Association for Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (1991-1998). Brian is past chair of the Pennsylvania Selection Committee for the Rhodes Scholarships and the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives. He also has served on the boards of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Brian is a trustee and former Board Chair of Merrimack College. He received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education Through Leadership from the POSSE Foundation in 2010 and the Charles W. L. Foreman Award for contributions to private colleges in 2011.