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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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact the Office of the President

Ted Mitchell
President
​202-939-9300

Winston Chapman
Assistant to the President
202-939-9485​

Mary Swarna
Special Assistant to the President​
202-939-9348​

Mushtaq Gunja
Vice President & Chief of Staff
202-939-9303

Crystal Mills
Executive Administrative Specialist​
202-939-9311

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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
Community Statement
June 6, 2018
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Statement on “Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security”
Community Statement
June 6, 2018
Statement on “Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security”
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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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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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October 4, 2017
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Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit
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October 4, 2017
Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit
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October 4, 2017
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Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit
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October 4, 2017
Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit
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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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April 30, 2015
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Higher Education Association Statement On Introduction Of Patent Act
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April 30, 2015
Higher Education Association Statement On Introduction Of Patent Act
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May 22, 2014
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University Associations and Innovation Alliance Statement on Senate Patent Bill
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May 22, 2014
University Associations and Innovation Alliance Statement on Senate Patent Bill
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January 28, 2014
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Statement Before House Hearing on the Scope of Fair Use
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January 28, 2014
Statement Before House Hearing on the Scope of Fair Use
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December 11, 2013
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Statement on the “Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013”
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December 11, 2013
Statement on the “Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013”
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November 8, 2013
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Statement from the Higher Education Community on The Innovation Act
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November 8, 2013
Statement from the Higher Education Community on The Innovation Act
Community Statement
May 15, 2013
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Community Statement on Smarter Solutions  for Students Act"
Community Statement
May 15, 2013
Community Statement on Smarter Solutions for Students Act"
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April 16, 2013
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Statement of Senior Vice President Terry W. Hartle Before the House Committee Hearing on Keeping College Within Reach
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April 16, 2013
Statement of Senior Vice President Terry W. Hartle Before the House Committee Hearing on Keeping College Within Reach
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June 1, 2012
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Board Statement On the Importance of Diversity in Higher Education
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June 1, 2012
Board Statement On the Importance of Diversity in Higher Education
Community Statement
April 18, 2011
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Statement on "Scholars or Spies: Foreign Plots Targeting America’s Research and Development"
Community Statement
April 18, 2011
Statement on "Scholars or Spies: Foreign Plots Targeting America’s Research and Development"