Brian C. Mitchell , PhD

Principal, Academic Innovators , Boston, Massachusetts

Brian C. Mitchell is the founder and principal of Academic Innovators, a company working with individual colleges and universities – public and private – to offer creative and entrepreneurial solutions in strategic planning, governance, master planning, enrollment, core community development, human resources, and financial health.

Dr. Mitchell served as the president and first CEO of Bucknell University. He launched the University’s recent $500 million capital campaign, raising almost $170 million from all sources in 30 months. Mitchell established the School of Management creating four new majors within it, the Bucknell Environmental Center, including building “Bucknell Landing” on the Susquehanna River, the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, and the Teaching and Learning Center. Dr. Mitchell previously served as president of Washington & Jefferson College. He also led the Association for Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania where Mitchell spearheaded the battle to preserve the tax-exempt status of Pennsylvania’s independent colleges and universities in what became the bellwether case nationally.

Dr. Mitchell has written extensively and is widely quoted in the press. He writes weekly higher education blogs for The Huffington Post and Academe (the journal of the American Association of University Professors). Mitchell is a print and online contributor to College Management and Planning, University Business Magazine, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Business Officers Magazine, FOX News Online, and WGBH, the national public television and radio station in Boston. His latest book: Brian C. Mitchell and W. Joseph King, How to Run a College: A Practical Guide for Trustees, Faculty, Administrators, and Policymakers (Baltimore; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), was released in January 2018, and is already in its second printing and is an Amazon “#1 best seller.”