Strong Start To Finish

Dr. Christopher Mullin will lead Strong Start to Finish

I’m excited to share some important milestones for Strong Start to Finish (SSTF), especially the hiring of Dr. Christopher Mullin to serve as our director. 

Dr. Mullin brings over a decade of experience in postsecondary education and policy analysis to our work. He previously served as the executive vice chancellor of the Florida College System, where he oversaw academic and student affairs, research and analytics, and financial policy for 28 institutions. Prior, Dr. Mullin was assistant vice chancellor for policy and research at the State University System of Florida and program director for policy analysis of the American Association of Community Colleges, and worked for the Illinois Education Research Council.

We believe that the experience Dr. Mullin brings in both college leadership and policy is precisely what we’re looking for as SSTF builds momentum.

Dr. Mullin has expressed his excitement to drive this work forward, noting, "Leading this national initiative—focused on dramatically increasing the number of underserved students starting college with the support and direction they need—is both a great privilege and a responsibility I wholeheartedly embrace."

See Dr. Mullin’s full bio.  

In addition to Dr. Mullin’s hire, I am happy to report that we had an excellent response to our invitation to submit letters of interest from all across the country. We received 47 letters representing all of the eligible states, inclusive of public and private systems and consortia, and from both the two- and four-year sectors.

Everyone at SSTF has been truly inspired by the impressive examples of bringing developmental education reform to scale. The efforts of all who submitted letters of interest are a great reminder of the work that is being done across the country, and of why we are embarking on this journey.

We look forward to seeing responses to our request for proposals, released to a select number of sites with the ability to implement effective reforms at scale in their member institutions.

In the coming months, SSTF will award multiple grants of up to $2.25 million to put proven education reforms into practice in key sites across the country. We are thrilled to have Dr. Mullin join us and lead the acceleration of this work in 2018 and beyond.


Brian Sponsler, Vice President of Policy

Education Commission of the States