Mark D. Milliron in NU Office

Dr. Mark David Milliron
President of National University

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NU President Mark D. Milliron, PhD

A Message From President Mark D. Milliron

It’s my incredible honor to serve as National University’s sixth president. As we carry forward our rich history as an access and success innovator, we’ll continue to shape the future of next-generation education nationwide.

Every day, our passion as educators is to open new pathways to possibility for our community of striving students and partners. We meet them where they are in their lives with quality education and holistic support that removes barriers and enhances outcomes. NU students represent diverse backgrounds and come from all different walks of life — whether they’re working professionals or serving their country or their communities.     

The part that NU plays in accomplishing this important mission started 50 years ago with a focus on educating active-duty military and Veterans seeking to transition to the nonmilitary workforce. We expanded to include hard-working adults seeking to change their lives through educational opportunities. Today, education is game-changing, and we’re committed to serving our extremely diverse population of adult learners who are determined to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and make a difference.

Our 230,000-strong alumni are leading better lives and creating lifelong opportunities for their families. Their contributions have created a much-improved society. Thousands of students follow in their footsteps every year. It’s our duty as a university community to come together, continue to innovate and strive to make things better every day as we empower them in the pursuit of their dreams.

I look forward to working with all our students and stakeholders to help National University continue making a difference in the months and years to come!

Areas of Focus

President Milliron is dedicated to continuing National University’s history as an access and success innovator in higher education. Areas of particular focus include:

Whole Human Education™

National University’s whole human approach helps students overcome barriers to education and achieve success with an innovative, 360-degree ecosystem built on five critical pillars of support: Financial, Academic, Social and Emotional, Family Life and Community, and Career. NU students get the help they need to stay on track, finish faster, and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Next-Generation Learning

To add value to students today and well into the future, National University is pushing the boundaries of learning in a thoughtful, effective, and inclusive way. The intersection of education, deeper learning, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), and technology are visible in two key areas: our standing as the largest conferrer of graduate degrees to diverse students in the US — with over 50% women — and the #2 conferrer of doctoral degrees overall; and our embracement of virtual reality training initiatives to provide hands-on experiences in simulated environments.

Credential-Rich Pathways

National University creates deeper connections and meaningful outcomes for adult learners through credential-rich pathways. These pathways provide “on-ramps” for students — whether through community college, military, or employer partnerships — to help them continue their educational journey from stackable badges and programs to associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs.

Delivering accessible world-class student experiences


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Recent Media from President Milliron

Adapt and Accommodate: How to Ensure Higher Ed Is Accessible. President Milliron joined Modern Campus’s Podcast to discuss the numerous ways National University is championing the accessibility initiative — one of these being the NU “Whole Human Education™” campaign, which is based on creating an education model that addresses the unique needs of a diverse student population.

National University President and CEO Dr. Mark D. Milliron joined KUSI News for an interview on the road ahead for National University.

Mark Milliron to Join National U as President and CEO.

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About Mark David Milliron, PhD

Dr. Mark David Milliron is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, who works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world.

He serves as President & CEO of National University (NU), one of the largest private, nonprofit universities in the United States. NU is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and has a 50-year history of innovating around the needs of military, working, and nontraditional students.

In addition to his work with NU, Dr. Milliron helps catalyze positive change in education through his service on the boards and advisory councils of leading-edge education organizations, including the Trellis Foundation; Bennett College; the Global Online Academy; Civitas Learning; the Mastery Transcript Consortium; and ISKME/Open Education Resource Commons. He also holds an appointment as a Professor of Practice in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

Regardless of his activities and accomplishments, he will quickly tell you that the most important job and the greatest blessing in his life are serving as Julia’s husband and father to Alexandra, Richard, Marcus, and Max. Read Full Bio

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