Maureen Hoyler has served as the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) since 2013. The Council is a nonprofit organization that advocates for low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities who aspire to enter and graduate from college. The Council also provides professional development, program improvement services and research for the educators and institutions that serve these young people and adults.
Ms. Hoyler began her career at the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University as an assistant to the then Director, Dr. Arnold Mitchem, the founding President of COE. Ms. Hoyler moved to Washington in 1981 to establish the Council's office. Prior to becoming President, as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, she played an integral role in the growth of the organization. She received her B.A. and her law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Dr. Arnold Mitchem, President Emeritus of the Council for Opportunity in Education, has been a voice for low-income, first-generation students and individuals with disabilities his entire career. Thanks to his work, the federally funded TRIO Programs have expanded by nearly 400% and now serve more than an estimated 790,000 students at 1,000 colleges and universities.
He began his career on the History faculty at Marquette University in Milwaukee and was named the Director of the Educational Opportunity Program in 1969. He relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1986 to serve as President of the Council for Opportunity in Education until October 2013.
Dr. Mitchem has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from eleven universities — Lehman College; DePaul University; University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; University of Liverpool, Marquette University; Marycrest College; University of Massachusetts Boston; Lewis University; St. Joseph's University; Saint Louis University; and SUNY Buffalo State.