The National Forum is proud to announce the advancement of John Feldkamp in his career as Associate Director of the Honors College at Eastern Michigan University. With his drive and devotion to higher education, he achieved a rapid ascension from his position as Assistant Director on the technical staff to the administrative position he holds today. Having graduated from […]

For the last year, Raquel Welch-Johnson has been the National Forum’s Americorps member working in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit.  Raquel has been working on numerous projects to build a college-going culture.  As Raquel completes her Americorps service, she says that leaving is bitter-sweet.  “It’s hard to believe that the year is already over.” At Youthquake, a neighborhood block-party […]  Financial Trouble for Colleges Means Financial Trouble for College Towns Posted by: Akemi Leung Declining state aid, hobbled endowments, and rising debt are hurting the balance sheets of colleges across America. Unfortunately the economies of their surrounding towns, which rely on schools for jobs, customers, and more, are far from immune. The recession meant budget […]

Forum Director John Burkhardt was recently a guest of the Kettering Foundation for their 2012 Winter Retreat. The event was recently written up in Kettering’s newsletter, The Commons:

Where were you before coming to work at the National Forum? I worked for Support Through Intervention and Prevention for the Pontiac School District. Where are you from originally? I was born in Great Lakes, Illinois.  My family originated in Alexandria, Louisiana.  I spent half of my life in the south and in Michigan. In […]

What made you decide to come to the University of Michigan? I first came to pursue a Ph.D. in Higher Education, as well as an M.A. in Organizational Psychology.  I returned in 2000, because this seemed like the best place to establish my vision for a research-driven advocacy organization focused on higher education in society. […]

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John C. Burkhardt is a professor of higher education and the Founding Director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan.  From 1993-2000, John was program director for leadership and higher education at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he led several major initiatives focused on transformation and […]

Wanda Brown Bursar Mott Community College Biography I have been working in higher education since 1994. I began my career in a private 4 year college working in financial aid. I transitioned to a community college in 2005 and have been working as the Bursar of the Cashier’s Office since 2012. Although my direct experience […]

Dean of Students Eastern Connecticut State University Walter Diaz is the dean of students at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT, Connecticut’s Public Liberal Arts University. Prior to this appointment, he served as director of housing and residential life and director of career services at Eastern. Diaz is currently serving on the board of […]

Jasmine Bailey Project Manager Oakland University Biography Jasmine Bailey has worked in the School of Education and Human Services Outreach and Program Services since November 2009. Jasmine holds a BS in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Training and Development with a concentration in Organization Development and Leadership from Oakland University. […]