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About Ted Mitchell

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Former college president and top federal policymaker Ted Mitchell became president of the American Council on Education (ACE) on September 1, 2017.

Mitchell brings a wide array of experience and accomplishments from across the higher education sector to ACE, as well as a long-standing focus on helping more students gain access to a postsecondary education and complete their degrees. His background includes service as president of a private liberal arts college, senior administrator at a state university, and trustee of a major research insti​tution.

Mitchell was president of Occidental College from 19992005. He served as U.S. under secretary of education from 2014 until January 2017, reporting to the secretary of education and overseeing postsecondary education policies and programs.

He has also served as vice chancellor and dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College. He has been a member of the Stanford University Board of Trustees.

Prior to becoming under secretary of education, Mitchell was chief executive officer of the NewSchools Venture Fund from 200514, which provides seed capital and counsel to leading education entrepreneurs at the K12 level, and served as the president of the California State Board of Education. After concluding his service at the Department of Education, Mitchell served as a consultant to ACE in the areas of education attainment and innovation and leadership development.

Mitchell received his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Christine, and their two children.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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February 3, 2021
ACE looks forward to working with Dr. Cardona and his team at the Department of Education on the many important issues facing students, families, and colleges and universities.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Senate Confirmation Hearing of Secretary of Education-designate Miguel A. Cardona
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February 3, 2021
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Senate Confirmation Hearing of Secretary of Education-designate Miguel A. Cardona
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December 23, 2020
We congratulate Dr. Miguel A. Cardona on his nomination to be secretary of education and applaud President-elect Biden’s choice for this vital role.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Nomination of Dr. Miguel A. Cardona to be Secretary of Education
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December 23, 2020
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Nomination of Dr. Miguel A. Cardona to be Secretary of Education
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June 18, 2020
We are extremely gratified that the Supreme Court has kept DACA in place. It's now time for Congress to act.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on U.S. Supreme Court DACA Decision
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June 18, 2020
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on U.S. Supreme Court DACA Decision
Member Spotlight
February 7, 2020
At the University of Michigan, several large introductory classes are undergoing a drastic redesign.
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University of Michigan Pilots Revolutionary Approach to Intro Courses
Member Spotlight
February 7, 2020
University of Michigan Pilots Revolutionary Approach to Intro Courses
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December 19, 2019
Statement released on December 19 supporting the recent fix to the kiddie tax mistake.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Fixing the "Kiddie Tax" Mistake
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December 19, 2019
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Fixing the "Kiddie Tax" Mistake
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August 21, 2019
This announcement means that nearly 40,000 disabled veterans—including 25,000 already in default on their loans—will get the benefits that were promised.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Administration’s Plan to Forgive Student Loans for Disabled Veterans
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August 21, 2019
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Administration’s Plan to Forgive Student Loans for Disabled Veterans
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March 12, 2019
The allegations, if true, violate the essential premise of a fair and transparent college admissions process.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Reports of College Admissions Cheating
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March 12, 2019
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Reports of College Admissions Cheating
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December 4, 2018
Central European University is being forced to relocate from Budapest, Hungary, to Vienna, Austria.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Central European University
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December 4, 2018
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Central European University
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May 30, 2018
We stand ready to work with federal officials to address security concerns regarding Chinese or any international students.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Reports of Chinese Student Visa Restrictions
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May 30, 2018
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Reports of Chinese Student Visa Restrictions
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April 20, 2018
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Commission on College Basketball Recommendations
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Commission on College Basketball Recommendations
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April 20, 2018
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Commission on College Basketball Recommendations
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February 15, 2018
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Senate’s Failure to Pass Legislation Protecting Dreamers
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Senate’s Failure to Pass Legislation Protecting Dreamers
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February 15, 2018
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Senate’s Failure to Pass Legislation Protecting Dreamers
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January 22, 2018
We are pleased that Congress apparently has agreed to reopen the federal government.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Ending the Federal Shutdown, Commitment to Address Dreamers
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January 22, 2018
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Ending the Federal Shutdown, Commitment to Address Dreamers
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December 2, 2017
The Senate tax bill represents a significant improvement over the measure passed by the House.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Passage of Senate Tax Bill
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December 2, 2017
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Passage of Senate Tax Bill
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December 1, 2017
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the House Republican Higher Education Act Reauthorization Bill
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 Statement by Ted Mitchell on the House Republican HEA Reauthorization Bill
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December 1, 2017
Statement by Ted Mitchell on the House Republican HEA Reauthorization Bill
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September 26, 2017
These allegations, if proven, are among the most egregious affecting colleges and universities in recent memory.
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Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on College Basketball Corruption Case
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September 26, 2017
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on College Basketball Corruption Case
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September 4, 2017
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Trump Administration’s Reported Decision to End DACA
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 Statement on Trump Administration’s Reported Decision to End DACA
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September 4, 2017
Statement on Trump Administration’s Reported Decision to End DACA
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June 16, 2017
"We applaud the Trump administration’s announcement that it will continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in its current form."
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Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Trump Administration Decision to Continue DACA Program
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June 16, 2017
Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Trump Administration Decision to Continue DACA Program
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June 14, 2017
"We look forward to working with Secretary DeVos and her team as they undertake this effort."
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Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education's Regulatory Review Announcement
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June 14, 2017
Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Department of Education's Regulatory Review Announcement
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May 1, 2017
"We applaud congressional leaders for their clear commitment to these important priorities."
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Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Agreement
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May 1, 2017
Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Agreement
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December 7, 2016
Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on USA Funds new direction.
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Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on USA Funds Announcement
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December 7, 2016
Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on USA Funds Announcement