Bureau Chief, California State Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
Dr. Michael Marion, Jr. is the Chief, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for the State of California. Prior to this gubernatorial appointment, Michael was the Associate Vice Provost at Drexel University Sacramento. As a senior administrator in higher education, Michael’s responsibilities and expertise span a wide-spectrum of areas in education and leadership across an array of educational settings. Not only has Michael established himself as a leader in higher education, serving students in private and public colleges and universities, but also in the community. He promotes a strong commitment to civic engagement and recruitment and retention initiatives within the region and has been very active in organizations like Metro EDGE and Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program. In addition Michael sat on many, committees, boards and commissions throughout his professional career, including the California Student Aid Commission, the Sacramento Metropolitan Art Commission and the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee. He is also a facilitator for the American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter, and just launched his own independent consulting firm, MarionEDU. When Michael is not with his wife Tanika, (who also is an educator) and their two sons, he enjoys community service, traveling, cooking, and sports activities. Michael earned his as his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from San Diego State University and a Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, and was accepted into the prestigious ASPEN Institute and Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management leadership program. He is a native of Portland, OR, but calls Sacramento, CA home.