John Burkhardt

Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity

Burkhardt_JohnJohn C. Burkhardt serves as Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity and is a professor of clinical practice in Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. John provides leadership as NCID seeks to strengthen research and leadership around diversity, inclusion and equity in education and society, and to promote its effective use in addressing contemporary issues.

John is the former director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, which he led from 2000 to 2013. Previous to establishing the National Forum, Dr. Burkhardt was program director for leadership and higher education at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he led several major initiatives focused on transformation and change in higher education and participated in a comprehensive effort to encourage leadership development among college students. Dr. Burkhardt’s research focuses on leadership and transformation, organizational culture, and the role of philanthropy in U.S. society.

He has also authored several books and articles on leadership and on higher education.

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