MindEdge's Learning Council

The MindEdge Learning Council is tasked with ensuring the relevance of MindEdge Learning's college and graduate courses and simulations. The Council is made up of higher education leaders with deep experience in learning methods, academic administration, and educating adult learners through new techniques such as online learning.

Learning Council Members

D. Quinn Mills

D. Quinn Mills, an educator and thought leader, has served as chairman of MindEdge, Inc. since its founding in 1998. Dr. Mills, who has taught at Harvard Business School and MIT's Sloan School of Management, consults with major corporations and governments and lectures on management, leadership, strategy, economics, and geopolitics. He is also an expert on the differences between Asian and Western leadership styles.

His most recent books include Democracy and its Elected Enemies (Cambridge University Press, 2013), Shadows of the Civil War (MindEdge Press, 2014), and Global Economic Turmoil (World Scientific Press, 2015).

Dr. Mills earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, both in economics. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.


Hap Aziz

Dr. Aziz is an educator, interactive experience designer, and academic technology visionary who provides strategic consulting services to higher education institutions and organizations that are committed to using technology in support of teaching and learning. He has worked extensively to invent new ways of providing compelling learning experiences while considering pedagogy through the lens of narrative, interactivity, and engagement.

In the private sector, he has partnered with Disney, Sony, the Orlando Magic, and a variety of other companies worldwide to provide interactive software solutions for business and entertainment industry needs. In higher education, he has developed and launched individual online courses and degree programs in subject areas ranging from History to Mathematics; from 3D Animation to Cybersecurity. A founding member of the International Game Developers Association, Aziz launched the first game design degree program at Full Sail University, and he has designed, advised, and managed digital design, computer game, and technology programs at several higher education institutions. Currently, Aziz works with the IMS Global Learning Consortium as an evangelist for the Learning Tools Interoperability™ standards.

Aziz holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Rollins College, an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University, and an Ed.D. in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida.


David Breneman

Dr. Breneman has been President of the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida since January 2015. He spent the previous 20 years in various academic and administrative roles at the University of Virginia. He helped to create and served as Director of the Public Policy Program from 2006 to 2009 and was Dean of the Curry School of Education from 1995 to 2007, where he held the Newton and Rita Meyers Professorship in Economics of Education and Public Policy.

Breneman was a visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 1990 to 1995, where he taught graduate courses on the economics and financing of higher education, on liberal arts colleges, and on the college presidency. From 1983 to 1989, he served as president of Kalamazoo College, a liberal arts college in Michigan. An author of numerous books and articles, he most recently coauthored Financing American Higher Education in the Era of Globalization, published by Harvard Education Press in 2012.

Breneman received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.


Jo Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton is a senior education strategy, design, assessment, and faculty development leader with a diverse background in global education consulting and public, private, and market-driven higher education institutions.

Hamilton is the Executive Director of Digital Strategy, Design, and Development for Laureate Education's partnership with the University of Miami (UM). In this role, she oversees the overall program development relationship between Laureate and UM ensuring curricular innovation, timely execution, and academic quality as well as business results.

She has broad expertise in all aspects of university strategic operations including academic operations, policies, and budgets; curricular program design, development, and continual improvement processes; and aligning curricula to meet the needs of high growth sectors in developed and emerging markets.

She has held leadership positions with a Carnegie Mellon subsidiary, iCarnegie Global Learning, the University of Liverpool,  Western Governors University (the first online competency-based university in the US), and Franklin University.

Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from the Ohio State University, an M.B.A. from Atlanta University, and B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois.


Jefferson Flanders

As President and Chief Executive Officer for MindEdge, Inc., Flanders has overseen the company's strategic and operational direction since 2005. An author and educator with a long-standing interest in how people learn and innovate, Flanders has led the company's narrative learning initiative, including the development of simulations and scenario-based instruction.

He brings more than twenty years of experience in media and publishing to his role at MindEdge, including stints with Harvard Business School Publishing and the New York Times Company, where he served in varied management positions. Flanders has taught in New York University's Journalism Department, Boston University's School of Management, Babson College, and the American Press Institute. He is the author of two critically-acclaimed spy novels, Herald Square and The North Building.

Flanders has an A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.