November 21st, 2013
With his administration increasing its focus on college affordability, President Obama has begun the process of filling key US Department of Education positions related to higher education. NewSchools Venture Fund CEO Ted Mitchell was named to replace Under Secretary Martha Kanter, who will depart on December 13. Mitchell, like Kanter, is an experienced California leader. He served as president of Occidental College from 1999-2005 and before that was Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.
Earlier this month, the White House also announced President Obama’s nomination of Ericka M. Miller as the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. The post was previously held by CSU Monterey Bay President Eduardo Ochoa from 2010-2012. No date has been set yet for the US Senate to confirm the nominations.