Ed Mills, Ph.D

Vice President of Student Affairs at California State University Sacramento

Ed Mills began in public higher education as a financial aid coordinator 32 years ago and has since devoted his career to developing and implementing new strategies for enrollment management and student services. At Sacramento State, Ed currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, his master’s degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University.

Helping students succeed is Ed’s passion. He strives to be as accessible as possible and spends a considerable amount of time each week meeting with individual students. Ed participates in new student orientation meetings with students and their families, and enjoys interacting with students at commencement. He has conducted research and worked on policies and strategies to help students avoid costly and often negatively stigmatizing remedial courses.

Locally, Ed serves as a board member for the Future Foundation of Sacramento. This non-profit organization seeks out high-achieving, low-income high school students in the Sacramento area and provides them with mentoring and up to $35,000 in scholarship funding for their college education. He is also a board member of the Rainbow Chamber Foundation, providing scholarships for LGBTQ students in the Sacramento area and serves as a board member for Impact Teen Drivers.

Ed enjoys playing guitar and golf, just not at the same time.