Dr. Mark Potter is provost and the chief academic officer at City Colleges of Chicago. In service to the seven City Colleges (Truman, Wilbur Wright, Malcolm X, Harold Washington, Kennedy-King, Olive-Harvey, and Richard J Daley), he leads efforts to advance student success and quality academic experiences in credit programs and adult education. Dr. Potter began his career as a history professor at the University of Wyoming, and prior to his current position was associate vice president for undergraduate studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has a successful record of leading teams to research, design, and implement innovative programs for engaged learning, student success, and retention. Dr. Potter is driven by the educational mission of expanding opportunities to traditionally underrepresented populations. His devotion as an academic leader is grounded in a commitment to the open-access sector, where the work of providing a pathway to educational attainment has the greatest potential to impact lives and communities.