Betty Overton-Adkins

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Dr. Betty Overton-Adkins is a former Clinical Professor of Higher Education in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan.  She also serves as senior faculty fellow and former director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, an applied research center focusing on the scholarship and service to the public good role of higher education.   Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Overton served in a variety of higher education positions, including provost at Spring Arbor University, graduate dean at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, associate dean and faculty at Fisk University,  faculty at Nashville State Technical Institute and at Tennessee State University. In addition to her campus experience, she served ten years as the director of higher education programs at the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, overseeing major initiatives on minority serving institutions, institutional transformation, community colleges and other projects. She was a partner in the Foundation’s ENLACE Initiative. 

Her research and consultation involvements focus on strategic planning, institutional development, and issues of access and diversity. She serves as a consultant evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission ofthe North Central Accrediting Association and has served as a consultant to several foundations.  

Dr. Overton-Adkins earned a bachelor and master’s degrees from Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She has pursued a sabbatical visiting professor role at Harvard University and completed the Harvard Institute for Education Management (IEM). Awarded leadership fellowships by both the American Council on Education and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, she has been recognized at both the institutional and national levels for her leadership work on behalf of higher education.