Brian C. Mitchell formerly served as President of Washington & Jefferson College and Bucknell University. At both institutions, he led significant facility development projects on campus and in the community. He is a recognized leader on College/Campus Collaboratives. Mitchell led the national effort to protect the tax exempt status of Washington & Jefferson College which reached the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and remains the bellwether case on tax exemption in America. Prior to serving his college presidencies, Mitchell was the President and CEO of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. He currently chairs the Board of Trustees of Merrimack College. Mitchell holds a PhD from the University of Rochester and is trained as an urban, ethnic, and labor historian. He cofounded and is a director of the Edvance Foundation, and founded Brian Mitchell & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in strategic planning, master planning, governance, enrollment, and core community development.