Mitchell named UW-Madison director of community relations

April 17, 2012

by Dennis Chaptman

Everett Mitchell, an assistant Dane County district attorney with a strong track record of community involvement, has been named community relations director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Everett has the skills and background needed to increase and enrich the university’s engagement with a wide range of stakeholders throughout the Madison area,” says Vince Sweeney, vice chancellor for university relations. “His insight into the linkages between the university and the community will be a great asset.”

Mitchell will represent UW-Madison with local units of government and develop strategies to increase the university’s engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including businesses, non-profit organizations and state, county and local groups.

 “I am excited to join a team dedicated to building strong bonds between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and members of the Madison and Dane County communities,” Mitchell says. “I look forward to being a good partner and respectful neighbor as we build more partnerships with all of our community stakeholders.”

Charles Hoslet, executive director for strategic partnerships in the Office of University Relations, where Mitchell will work, says that Mitchell’s familiarity with local governmental officials and the broader Madison community will also be an asset.

“Everett understands the local issues in which the university plays a part and his knowledge will help us strengthen the community partnerships that are so important to us and to greater Madison,” Hoslet says.

Mitchell has been an assistant district attorney sine May 2010. Previously, he served as associate director of the Madison-Area Urban Ministry (MUM) from 2004-10, where he worked extensively with restorative justice programs for ex-offenders.

He has been involved with a number of community service groups, among them 100 Black Men of Madison, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Big Brothers, Schools of Hope, United Way, the Madison Homeless Housing Consortium, and the Dane County Criminal Justice Planning Group. He has also served as an inmate mentor at Oakhill Correctional Institution through his work with MUM and served as a mentor in the children who have an incarcerated parent.

Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in religion and mathematics from Morehouse College, a master of divinity and a master of theology from the Princeton Theological Seminary and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

 He will earn $84,500 in his new role and will begin on May 1.