Completing her sixth year as Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, Betsy Mitchell has led the dynamic growth of the Caltech athletic program.
Mitchell is a transformational leader with 25 years of experience and expertise helping students, coaches and organizations manage strategic change toward positive results. Her primary canvas for inspiring others toward maximizing their potential has been in first-class educational institutions at the secondary and higher education levels. An athletic director for four organizations and former coach of two sports, Mitchell thrives in the administrative and managerial roles essential in an educationally sound athletic program. The balance of her professional experience comes through volunteer work, consulting and motivational speaking. Her specific strengths include strategic planning and implementation, organizational culture, human resources and budget management. An inspirational team member, she leads with humor, integrity and deep commitment to process over strict result.
Prior to this appointment, Mitchell served as the director of athletics and recreation at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania from 2006 through March 2011. Mitchell has also worked as the swimming and diving head coach at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, instructor in the sports management program at Notre Dame College of Ohio, and director of athletics at Laurel School for Girls in Shaker Heights, Ohio as well as director of athletics at Thomas Worthington High School in Columbus, Ohio.
An athlete and constant adventurer, Mitchell is an Olympic medalist, former world record holder and multiple NCAA champion in swimming at the University of Texas. She represented the United States in rowing at the World Championships after finishing her exceptional international swimming career. A global adventurer who has walked, hiked, biked, kayaked and golfed from Milford Sound to Mt. Kilimanjaro, from Côte D'Azur to Banff, the Galapagos and the Grand Canyon, her passion for travel is driven by a desire to expand her perspective and purposefully get outside her comfort zone.
Mitchell graduated UT-Austin with a BS in education, completed a master's of education in sports administration and went on to earna certificate of advanced study in education administration, planning and social policy from Harvard. Carrying on her mother's green thumb, she can be found in her garden in Pasadena, Calif.