Mitchell succeeds Lee Reynis, who retired as director but remains at BBER as a research professor of economics.
Mitchell joined BBER in 2003 as a senior research scientist. He studied community- and arts and culture-based economic development, nonprofit strategic planning, affordable housing and broadband access economic impacts.
He has overseen data collection and model development for BBER’s state-level economic forecast since 2010.
Mitchell was on the faculties of Clark University in Worcester, Mass., New Mexico State University and at UNM before joining BBER. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Venezuela and an international economist with Chase Econometrics.
He earned economics and political science degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate degree in geography from Clark.