Dr. Mitchell M. Shears is the Associate Vice President for Student Success and Executive Director of Title III at Jackson State University. He has made strides in both K-12 education and higher education.
In K-12, he served as a teacher, a district instructional specialist, principal of two high-performing schools, and assistant superintendent/executive director of academic support. During Dr. Shears’ tenure in JPS, he received numerous awards, including Parents for Public Schools and the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson as a 2003 Outstanding Educator and 2010 Administrator of the Year Award.
In higher education, he has served as Academic Dean and Executive Director of Title III & Sponsored Program at Hinds Community College – Utica Campus. As Academic Dean, he was able to put systems of prevention and interventions in place to increase the number of students in academic good standing and to increase the campus’ overall grade point average, exceeding the college’s overall grade point average. As Executive Director of Title III & Sponsored Program, he was awarded eight (8) Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as, the three (3) STEM programs, one funded by the U.S. Department of Education and two funded by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Shears received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Alcorn State University and an educational specialist degree and doctoral degree from Mississippi College. He has life memberships in the Southwestern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Alcorn State University National Alumni Association. Other memberships include: Jackson State University National Alumni Association (Byram-Terry Chapter), Metro-Jackson Alcorn Alumni Association, and Jackson (MS) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
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