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Donald Mitchell Jr. Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Mitchell one of eight 2015 alumni award winners.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-20-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Donald Mitchell Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mich., recently received the 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Mitchell, currently an assistant professor of higher education at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., is one of eight 2015 alumni award winners. He was honored at an April 24 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Distinguished Young Alumni Awards go to graduates 35 years old or younger who have reached professional achievements early in their careers, and have positively impacted their communities.
Mitchell earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State Mankato in 2007 and later earned a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

“I found my passion or my purpose at Minnesota State University, Mankato,” says Donald Mitchell. “This is where I found my way because of the people who invested in my goals, dreams and ambitions.”

He has received the American College Personnel Association’s Emerging Scholar Award, the American Education of Research Associations’ 2014 Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Memorial Award for Emerging Scholarship and Grand Valley State’s Distinguished Early Career Scholar Award along with various research awards. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Annuals of the Next Generation journal and an editorial board member for four other journals. He has published more than 25 articles and numerous presentations and speeches on his research. He also finds time to be involved with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and DOVE Incorporated, a non-profit which helps boys from underrepresented backgrounds.

Mitchell also finds time to give back to his alma mater. He’s served on Minnesota State Mankato’s Alumni Board and presented to students, including presenting at the Michael T. Fagin Pan-African Conference.

Those who want more information about the April 24 awards event may go to or call 507-389-3235.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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