Dr. Cynthia A. Mitchell’s expertise in leadership, teaching, and community engagement led to her receiving numerous national, state, and local awards for student achievement, inclusive leadership, and establishing cultural and equitable practices in leadership — including being recognized as an EPIC Award Winner by National New Leaders for New Schools and as a Reward School Principal by the Tennessee Department of Education, which also presented her an award for Inclusionary Leadership. The Equity Alliance Center at Arizona State University also recognized her as a recipient of its National Equity Advocate Spotlight award.

She has made significant contributions, having served at all levels of school and district leadership. Currently, she holds the esteemed position of Vice President of Faculty, Graduate Director, and Associate Professor at Christian Brothers University. Her expertise in educational leadership has earned her recognition as a “Top Voice in Educational Leadership” by LinkedIn International, along with a nomination for “Who’s Who Among Americans”, and the awesome task of Co-Chairing the MSCS Superintendent’s Transition Committee for Student Achievement.

Her work connects educational efforts from Memphis to as far as Africa. She has served as a local, national, and global presenter and speaker and is also the co/contributing author of four books scholarly publications, and online professional development modules supporting leadership development.

Part of her philosophy is an unwavering commitment to assist in creating the best teaching and learning environments by ensuring opportunities for academic, social, and emotional success for all students. This is accomplished through clearly stating expectations, creating innovative plans, providing necessary resources, facilitating and planning staff development, and analyzing data to make informed decisions.

Dr. Mitchell is a wife, foster/adoptive mother, minister, educator, and friend who loves to assist in creating and developing opportunities for purposeful success for others. She currently serves as an Associate Minister and works with several local and national faith-based initiatives. Her commitment to seeing others succeed and become their best is present in both ministry and her career as an educator.

Dr. Mitchell currently teaches graduate courses in topics that include School Leadership, Urban Education, Managing the Modern School, and Administrative Professional Experience. She was also elected to serve as Vice President of the CBU Faculty Assembly for the 2023-24 academic year.


  • University of Memphis, EdD
  • Freed Hardeman, MA
  • University of Tennessee, BS

Service and Community Engagement

Dr. Cynthia A. Mitchell is a wife, foster/adoptive mother, minister, educator and friend who loves to assist in creating and developing opportunities for purposeful success for others. She accepted her call to and service in 1993 and began serving immediately in campus ministry. Over the past two decades she has served as Director of Discipleship Development, Children’s Church Minister, Co-Teacher for Embolism of Destiny Women’s Ministry and currently a member of the national leadership team for She Loves Out Loud Women’s Ministry (SLOL).