Caesar Mickens Jr., PhD, is JFF's director of Early College Designs, assisting public school districts nationwide to prepare all students for college success, especially those populations underrepresented in higher education. Caesar has worked for more than 25 years across education sectors as a public school adult education teacher and district administrator, college faculty member, workforce trainer, and program coordinator for both nonprofit and for-profit education providers.
Before JFF, he served as senior vice president of academics for Aztec Software, developing and piloting web-based education software for adults in ABE, GED, and developmental educational programs. He also helped design mobile education and student intervention platforms in Nigeria, Ghana, and the United States.
His public administrative posts include: deputy superintendent, Professional Learning and Development in the Louisiana Recovery School District; executive director of professional development for the Rockford Public Schools in Illinois; and executive director of four departments within Detroit Public Schools. He was also the principal at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.
Caesar is the author or coauthor of three chapters or works on education technology, most recently the chapter “Expectation, Technology, and High Achievement: Are We There Yet?” for Expectations in Education (2009), edited by Robert Green. He has also put education on the airwaves in Detroit, both as host of the Homework Hotline Radio Show on WDTR-FM and as assistant project director of GED on TV, an adult education program on WTVS-TV.
Caesar earned his doctorate in instructional technology from Wayne State University. He also has a master’s degree in the same field from Wayne State and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.