Dr. Ted Mitchell delivered the Tommy G. Thompson Educational Reform Lecture at Marquette University on Monday, March 10.
Mitchell's lecture focused on his work as CEO of the NewSchools Venture Funds, a philanthropy firm working to transform public education by supporting educational entrepreneurs. His talk was preceded by an informal discussion with School of Education students and faculty about educational reform.
Mitchell, who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Stanford University, was named CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund in 2005 after serving on the NewSchools Board of Directors for seven years. He chairs the California Governor’s Committee on Educational Excellence, which is charged with making recommendations to improve the state’s system of K-12 finance and governance. In 2007 he was also named to the California State Board of Education.
Mitchell served as president of Occidental College, a liberal arts college located in Los Angeles, for six years and was a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees from 1985-1990.
The Tommy G. Thompson lecture series is jointly sponsored by Marquette’s School of Education and the Tommy G. Thompson Center at Marquette, which houses four decades of the former Wisconsin governor’s papers, including extensive documentation of Thompson’s role in the educational reform movement.