Dr. Michael Marion, Jr. is the new Chief, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for the State of California. Prior to this gubernatorial appointment, Michael was the 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. Dr. Marion 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 has 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.
When Michael is not with his wife Tanika, (who also is an educator) and their son, he enjoys doing community service, traveling, cooking, and sports activities. Michael earned his Associates in Arts, as well as his Bachelor and Master degree from San Diego State University and a Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, and was accepted into the prestigious Harvard University Summer Leadership program. He is a native of Portland, Ore., but calls Sacramento, CA home.