John Mutz Appointed to Achieving the Dream Board of Directors

Silver Spring, MD (July 11, 2013) – Achieving the Dream – a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for community college student success in higher education history – proudly announces the appointment of John Mutz to its Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to John Mutz as our newest board member,” said Chairman of the Achieving the Dream Board of Directors Robert G. Templin. “With 50 years of experience leading Indiana in philanthropy and education and with deep historical insight and knowledge of Achieving the Dream, John brings exceptional guidance and leadership to the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network as it enters its 10th year.”

Mutz is currently chairman emeritus of Lumina Foundation and chaired the board from 2002- 2010 when the foundation and seven founding partner organizations conceived Achieving the Dream as a national initiative in 2004. He has been an avid supporter of Achieving the Dream for the last decade and will continue that support as a board leader. 

Mutz has been a prominent leader in politics, philanthropy, business, and education in Indiana. Born in Indianapolis, his positions in public service have included Lieutenant Governor, State Senator, and State Representative as well as an Indiana gubernatorial candidate. As Lieutenant Governor, Mutz was instrumental in dramatically increasing Indiana’s investment in economic development and propelling the state to a leadership position in job creation in the Great Lakes region. Mutz also served as president of PSI Energy, Indiana’s largest utility.

In his role as President of Lilly Endowment, Inc., one of America’s largest family foundations, Mutz expanded the foundation’s community development work by supporting the creation of more than 45 local community foundations. He has successfully served as a director for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority, Indianapolis Zoological Society, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Mutz currently writes a column for the Indianapolis Business Journal and is the author of Fundraising for Dummies, now in its third printing.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and is the recipient of nine honorary degrees.

“Lumina leaders have considered Achieving the Dream one of its biggest successes,” said Mutz, “and I look forward to continuing my involvement and influencing the future of this National Reform Network as a director of the board.”

Mutz joins an influential and diverse Board of Directors:

  • Leah Meyer Austin, Former Senior Vice President, Lumina Foundation
  • Diane Bastian, MBA, Owner, Panera Bread Franchise, Eastern North Carolina and graduate of Henry Ford Community College in      Dearborn, MI
  • Anthony P. Carnevale, Ph.D., Director, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University
  • James P. Comer, M.D., Founder and Chairman, Comer School Development Program, Yale University School of Medicine's Child  Study Center
  • Marc S. Herzog, Former Chancellor, Connecticut Community College System
  • Eduardo J. Padrón, Ph.D., President, Miami Dade College         
  • Robert G. Templin, Jr., Ed.D., President, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Louis L Testoni, Executive-in-Residence, University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business
  • William E. Trueheart, Ed. D., President & CEO, Achieving the Dream
  • Mike Villarreal, Texas State Representative, District 123
  • Blenda J. Wilson, Ph.D., Former Colorado Commissioner of Higher Education; Former Chancellor of California State University, Northridge and University of Michigan, Dearborn; and Former CEO, Nellie Mae Foundation

For a complete overview of the Achieving the Dream Board of Directors, visit the Achieving the Dream website here.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit that is dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree. Evidence-based, student-centered, and built on the values of equity and excellence, Achieving the Dream is closing achievement gaps and accelerating student success nationwide by: 1) guiding evidence-based institutional improvement, 2) leading policy change, 3) generating knowledge, and 4) engaging the public. Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, today, Achieving the Dream is leading the most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. With over 200 colleges, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia – the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network helps 3.8 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of more than 220 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with nearly 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 41 states and the District of Columbia to reach more than 4 million community college students.

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