Dr. Arnold Mitchem, SOE alumnus and internationally recognized advocate for educational opportunity, is the newest elected member of the Marquette University Board of Trustees.
Dr. Mitchem received his doctoral degree in the foundations of education from Marquette in 1981. He began his career as director of the Educational Opportunity Program at the institution, and served in that capacity from 1969 to 1986. He also served on the faculty of the Department of History. In 1996, he held the Ralph Metcalfe Chair at Marquette and received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 2004. In 1992, Marquette established the Arnold L. Mitchem Fellowship Program, named in his honor. The fellowship program is intended to increase the presence of underrepresented groups in the professoriate by supporting doctoral candidates in completing their dissertations.
Since 1986, Dr. Mitchem has served as president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with colleges, universities and agencies to help low-income students enter college and graduate. As a result of his work, the federally funded TRIO programs have expanded by 400 percent and now serve nearly 850,000 students at more than 1,200 colleges and universities.
Dr. Mitchem serves on the National College Access Network’s board of directors and on the executive committee of the European Access Network. In 1996, he was awarded the Arturo Schomburg Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Inc.