Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services
Marvin Mitchell enters his first year as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student Services and Diversity.
In addition to directing academic services and continuing eligibility, Mitchell oversees diversity programming for athletics, including S.C.O.R.E and L.I.F.E. programming, and has liaison responsibility to the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs. He is the chief diversity officer for the athletics department.
Mitchell was the school's first Associate Athletic Director in the area of academics. He joined the athletic administration staff in 1999 as Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Services after three years at East Carolina, where he directed their student development program. Prior to his stint at ECU, Mitchell worked five years at his alma mater Wake Forest in many roles, including serving as assistant director of academic services for the Demon Deacons from 1994-96.
Under Mitchell's leadership, academic success for student-athletes has flourished at UofL. More than half of all student-athletes are consistently named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for maintaining a 3.0 grade point average each semester. Graduation rates for student-athletes have improved to all-time highs. Computer access, tutorial services and objective-based study hall, are among the significant advancements since his arrival.
A four-year letterman on the defensive line at Wake Forest (1987-91), Mitchell is an accomplished speaker and has delivered presentations at the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) national convention and the NCAA Life Skills national convention. He is an active member of the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) and the National Consortium for Academics and Sport (NCAS). He serves on national boards for both 100 Black Men of America and Amobi Okoye Foundation.
A native of Eastville, Va. and graduate of Northampton High School, Mitchell earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in communications from Wake Forest in 1992 and a master's degree in education in 1995.