Don Mills, Ed.D.

Don Mills, Ed.D.

Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership

Program Area: Educational Leadership

(817) 257-6938  |

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Dr. Mills was appointed as Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership in the summer of 2011. Prior to that, he served TCU in various administrative capacities at TCU for over forty years. From 1993 to 2011 he served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and also served as Director of Housing, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Student Center. He graduated from Harvard University, Brite Divinity School and completed his doctoral studies at the University of North Texas. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

Dr. Mills’ primary research interests center on the impact of college on students, campus design and environmental impacts, and leadership in higher education, particularly in private higher education. He is the author of several articles and book chapters relating to student affairs in higher education. Don has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education and served on the staff of the Richard Stevens Institute. He has served as chair of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) H.E.L.P. project, a Center for Disease Control initiative to improve the health of college students. He served chair of the Fraternity Summit, a collaborative national effort to determine the most effective future for Greek organizations. Don is recipient of the “Pillar of the Profession” Award, the highest recognition of the NASPA Foundation. He is also the recipient of the North American Interfraternity Conference Silver Medal and the Interfraternal Award of Excellence. Dr. Mills is active in the Fort worth community serving on many local boards and recently concluded a term as President of Leadership Ft Worth.

His wife, Mitzi, is a partner in a textile design firm. His son is an anesthesiologist in Waco where he and his wife live with Don’s grandchildren, Andrew and Allison. Don’s daughter is an account executive with VMS Bio-marketing in Indianapolis where she lives with her husband.


Ed.D., Higher Education
University of North Texas

Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

Harvard University

Academic Areas

  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Student Affairs Administration
  • Strategic Planning
  • History and Philosophy of Higher Education

Research Areas

  • Community Development in Higher Education
  • Leadership
  • Small Colleges
  • Student Well-Being

Professional Achievements

  • Harvard Institute of Higher Education
  • Pillar of the Profession/NASPA
  • Silver Medal winner/NIC