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Dr. Ed Mills

A collaborative and adaptable leader with more than thirty years of experience, Dr. Mills has committed his career to supporting students to achieve their dreams. He is a highly experienced administrator with special expertise in enrollment management. He cares deeply about his students and actively partners with faculty, staff and community leaders to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Dr. Mills stays very involved with his students. With Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT), he created IYT-University to support young men of color. He served on the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber Foundation to raise scholarships for LGBTQ+ students. He is a board member of the Future Foundation of Sacramento where he raises funds for scholarships and mentors high achieving, low-income, first generation students.

As a first-generation college student himself, Dr. Mills learned to navigate complex academic and financial processes. He often tells students how he missed his first year orientation. Without that information, he showed up at the university a week early and lived in his van until the residence halls opened. Working part-time in the financial aid office, he started his career helping students figure out ways to finance their education.

Dr. Mills progressed through a series of administrative appointments throughout his career. He joined Sacramento State in 2007 and has served as Vice President for Student Affairs since 2014. As a member of the President’s cabinet, Dr. Mills oversees a budget of more than $68 million covering 58 departments and 450 staff and faculty. He has led university committees on diversity, administrative policies and wellness initiatives. He has provided leadership for multi-million dollar construction and facility improvement projects for Student Affairs, Auxiliaries and Athletics. He also serves as co-principle investigator on several grants with faculty including the university’s Developing Hispanic Serving Institution grant.

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