Dr. Milan Sevak Announced As Executive Director of the Center for Socioeconomic Mobility Through Education

September 09, 2022

UNT Dallas is pleased to announce that Dr. Milan Sevak has been selected as the inaugural Executive Director of the UNT Dallas Center for Socioeconomic Mobility through Education.


dr milan sevakPrior to UNT Dallas, Dr. Sevak served as Clinical Associate Professor at Southern Methodist University, where he launched their Ed.D. program in educational leadership and led their M.Ed. program for aspiring urban school principals.


Previously, he served in school and district leadership roles in a variety of settings including as an Assistant Superintendent (Dallas ISD), Deputy Chief of School Performance (Chicago Public Schools), Special Assistant to the Superintendent (Austin ISD), and Director of Instruction & Assessment (Leadership Public Schools). He has also taught middle and high school students in Richmond (CA), New York City, and India.


Dr. Sevak received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Chicago, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Harvard University.


“This position brings to life our vision to be a pathway to socioeconomic mobility both for the students we serve today and will serve in the future,” said UNT Dallas President Bob Mong. “Dr. Sevak with his outstanding credentials and hands on experience at SMU and in some of the largest urban school districts in America, make him the perfect person for this job.”


As the inaugural Executive Director of the Center for Socioeconomic Mobility through Education (CSME), Dr. Sevak will develop hyper local projects to increase quality of life and sustainable living wage careers for students living in low-income neighborhoods in the University’s service area. The CSME shares the same mission as UNT Dallas – to empower students, transform lives, and strengthen communities. The Center aims to realize this mission by conducting innovative and relevant research; collaborating with internal stakeholders (faculty, staff, and students) and external partners; and creating programs that improve mobility.


“I am humbled and thrilled to be joining the trailblazing UNT Dallas family as we work to accelerate socioeconomic mobility for individuals and communities,” says Dr. Sevak. “Dallas is an amazing city with incredible people, and I believe that as we strive to translate our shared values into action, we can be a model for other cities in creating equitable opportunities for all.”