Under Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Ted Mitchell was appointed Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education on May 20, 2014. He reports to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and oversees policies, programs and activities related to postsecondary education, adult and career-technical education, federal student aid, and six White House Initiatives partnering with minority populations and communities. Ted is charged with planning and policy-making to implement President Obama’s goal for the U.S. to have “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020.” He and his team are keenly focused on improving college access, affordability and quality. Ted is the former CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund and former Vice President for Education and Strategic Planning at the J. Paul Getty Trust. Previously, Ted served as president of Occidental College, vice chancellor and dean of the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College. Ted earned his Ph.D. in history of American education from Stanford University.