Cards set a record in classsroom achievement
Sixteen of 19 teams had a 3.0 or higher in the fall 2012 semester.
Marvin Mitchell has 22 years of athletic administration experience and enters his 15th year as a part of Cardinal Athletics senior administration. Mitchell serves as the department's chief diversity officer has oversight of academic services, student services, continuing eligibility and student-athlete programming.
He joined the athletic administration staff December 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 from 1994-96.
Under Mitchell's leadership, academic success for student-athletes has flourished. More than half of all students within the athletics program consistently achieve a 3.0 or better grade point average each semester. Graduation rates for student-athletes have reached all-time highs. Computer access, tutorial services, objective-based study hall program and career services are among significant advancements since his arrival. Additionally, several student-athlete organization have been created and managed under his leadership including, Chi Alpha Sigma Student-Athlete Honor Society, Cardinal Athletic Pre-Med Society, Louisville International Family Enrichment Program and Student Athletes of Color Combining Opportunity and Responsibility for Excellence.
A four-year letterman for Wake Forest University (1987-91), Mitchell served as team captain and was actively involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Chi Sigma Iota, Presidential Leadership Council, Deacons Against Drugs and the Athletes Care Team (ACT). He is an accomplished speaker and has spoken at various events including, NCAA ACES Program, National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) Conventions, NCAA Life Skills National Convention, Black Coaches and Administrators Conferences, National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), Nike All-America Camps along with various universities, high schools and grade schools.
Active in the community, Mitchell has also served on various boards including 100 Black Men of America, Clear Channel Communications, Amobi Okoye Foundation and Chestnut Street YMCA. He currently serves as the primary advisor for the Collegiate 100, a mentoring organization he chartered at the University of Louisville in 2004.
Mitchell graduated from Northampton High School in Eastville, VA and continued his education at Wake Forest University, where he earned both his bachelor's (1992) and master's (1995) degrees.