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Marshall Mitchell

February 22, 2011

Marshall Mitchell is one of three current Black members of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees. Marshall is also the founder and principal of Different Drummer LLC. Before starting the company, he served as the Executive Vice President of Wilberforce University, the nation’s oldest, private historically-black college and university.  His tenure at the university focused on student growth and developing new research programs in foreign policy and nuclear and national security.  Marshall is the former chief of staff for US Representative Floyd Flake (D-NY).  Marshall co-authored New York State’s charter school law, opened the state’s first charter school, and eventually joined Edison Schools, Inc. at an executive level. He continued his work in education as CEO of the United Negro College Fund.  During his tenure, he created an analogous institution in South Africa.  He is an honors graduate of Howard University in Political Science and Philosophy and Union Theological Seminary in Church History.


Jeffrey Tillus, W’12

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