Under Secretary of Education
- College affordability
Ted Mitchell is the U.S. under secretary of education. He oversees policies, programs and activities related to postsecondary education, adult, career and technical education, federal student aid, five White House Initiatives, and the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Mitchell is charged with planning and policy responsibilities to implement President Obama’s goal for the U.S. to have “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world” as measured by the proportion of college graduates by the year 2020. Mitchell is the former CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund and served as the president of the California State Board of Education. Mitchell has 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. Mitchell received his bachelor’s degree, master’s, and doctorate from Stanford University.