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Patricia J. Gumport was appointed Stanford University’s first Vice Provost for Graduate Education in January, 2007. Assuming additional responsibilities, her title was subsequently changed to Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. Dr. Gumport concurrently serves as Professor of Education and Director of the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research at Stanford University (SIHER). She also serves as a Co-Director of the Stanford Leadership Academy and as a strategic advisor for Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute, Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, and the Stanford Alumni Association.

As a sociologist of higher education, Dr. Gumport has focused her research and teaching on key changes in the academic landscape and organizational character of American higher education. She has studied the dynamics of academic change in several arenas—to illuminate what facilitates change and what impedes it—across and within different types of colleges and universities. Driven by an abiding interest in knowledge change, Dr. Gumport has analyzed how organizational, intellectual, political, economic, and professional interests redefine the content, structure, and relative legitimacy of academic fields. Specific studies include: the emergence and institutionalization of interdisciplinary fields; professional socialization across academic disciplines; organizational restructuring and selective investment; the ascendance of industry logic in public higher education; forces that promote and inhibit academic collaboration; decision-making about appropriate organizational forms to support new ideas; and leading organizational change for optimal effectiveness with internal and external stakeholders. Her research within the United States and Europe examines how universities that are ostensibly competitors determine when and how to collaborate. Her analyses include implications for academic leaders who pursue strategic initiatives, manage environmental pressures and stakeholder interests, and foster leadership development. Her latest book, Academic Fault Lines: The Rise of Industry Logic in Public Higher Education (2019), is a deep, historical analysis of organizational and knowledge change in higher education in which she examines how leading administrators and faculty across sectors have addressed profound shifts in societal expectations for what colleges and universities should be and do, offering valuable insights as we forge ahead into an uncertain future.

Dr. Antonio is Associate Professor of Education at Stanford University. Dr. Antonio’s work focuses on stratification and postsecondary access, racial diversity and its impact on students and institutions, student friendship networks, and student development. Recent publications include studies of engineering education and higher education federalism in the US. His work has been published in several leading journals including the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Psychological Science, Review of Higher Education, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Antonio has received grants from Hewlett, Carnegie, Ford, Spencer, Sloan, and Irvine Foundations to support his work. Among his current projects are studies of engineering education and career persistence and college-going culture in schools. He has written several articles and papers on the impact of diversity on college students, work widely cited in amicus briefs written for affirmative action cases for the University of Michigan, and has co-authored the major SIHER report on K–16 policy reform, Betraying the College Dream: How Disconnected K–12 and Postsecondary Education Systems Undermine Student Aspirations.

Dr. Antonio received his Ph.D. and MA in Higher Education from UCLA and holds engineering degrees from Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, he was selected to the inaugural cohort of the Spencer Foundation Mid-Career Fellows Program, in which he will study network approaches to the study of college student development. With his co-authors, he was awarded the American Educational Research Association (Division J) Publication of the Year Award in 1999 and the Early Career Scholar Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education in 2004.

Dr. Fong is Director of Leadership Initiatives at SIHER. Fong is responsible for creating innovative learning opportunities for leadership development and preparation for faculty and administration careers in higher education. Previously she was Senior Managing Partner for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and is President Emerita of Foothill College where she was also professor of psychology and child development. She is also a former Trustee for her alma mater, Stanford, where she earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. With expertise in organizational transformation and faculty development, she is known for her accomplishments as a reformer and leader in meeting the contemporary challenges of community colleges.

Dr. Kirst is President, California State Board of Education and Stanford Emeritus Professor of Education (and Business Administration by courtesy). Dr. Kirst is a nationally renowned education policy scholar and has authored thirteen books, including From High School to College (2004) and his most recent book, Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education (2015). In addition to his current service as president of the California State Board of Education, Kirst has served as commissioner for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Dr. Kirst disseminates his research through formal academic outlets, but also uses newspaper opinion pages, media interviews, appearances on radio and TV and a blog: The College Puzzle.