Sixteen of 19 teams had a 3.0 or higher in the fall 2012 semester.
Marvin Mitchell has 21 years of athletic administration experience and enters his 14th year as a part of Cardinal Athletics senior administration.
Mitchell serves as the department's chief diversity officer has oversight of academic services, continuing eligibility and student-athlete programming.
Mitchell was the school's first Associate Athletic Director in the area of academics. 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 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, objective-based study halls and a new student retention program are among the significant advancements since his arrival.
A four-year letterman for Wake Forest University (1987-91), Mitchell is an accomplished speaker and has delivered speeches at the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) National Conventions, NCAA Life Skills National Convention, Nike All-America Camps and various universities, high schools and grade schools.
Active in the community, Mitchell has served on various boards including 100 Black Men of America, Clear Channel Communications, Amobi Okoye Foundation, National Collegiate 100 and Chestnut Street YMCA. He is a member of Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA), National Consortium for Academics and Sport (NCAS) and the N4A. He also serves as the primary advisor for the Collegiate 100, a mentoring organization he chartered at UofL in 2004.
A native of Eastville, Va., Mitchell graduated from Northampton High School and continued his education at Wake Forest University, where he earned both his bachelor's (1992) and master's (1995) degrees.